I didn’t take a single photo of this meal. However, for once, I actually came close to following the recipe. The recipe belongs to The Pioneer Woman. If you don’t already read her blog, you need to immediately start. Now. You can find the original recipe here.
I did a few things to make the meal a little healthier. Ree (the Pioneer Woman) would be ashamed. Jillian Michaels would be proud. You can’t please everyone. Fortunately, I don’t think either one of these individuals really care what I do in my kitchen.
1) I used chicken breasts instead of thighs. If you’ve read any of my posts, you know I don’t have an aversion to chicken thighs. However, I made this with chicken thighs this week and I didn’t want to overdose.
2) I used far less oil/butter than the recipe called for.
3) I used whole wheat egg noodles.
4) I used canned mushrooms. Just kidding—gross.
Verdict: Believe it or not, I’ve never had chicken cacciatore! This was great. I just ate leftovers.
Husband’s take: He told me that chicken cacciatore was his favorite MRE, so I was hoping that this would be at least better than that. I should be able to cook a meal better than something that can withstand a parachute drop from 1,250 feet and stay edible for up to three years. I did. He loved it. He also just ate leftovers. I would recommend cutting this recipe by at least half if you are only cooking for two to three people. Unless you like leftovers.
Changes I would make: None that I can think of at the moment!
Difficulty:Easy. If you can chop vegetables, you can make this recipe.