Recipes: 2 Versions of Inexpensive Chicken Cacciatore

FOX 26 reporter Kristine Galvan heads to the kitchen to demonstrate how to “Do It Yourself.”

With a little help from <a href=”http://www.cleverley.com/” target=”_blank”>Houston food and restaurant journalist Cleverley Stone</a>, Chicken Cacciatore is on the dinner menu and there two recipes for you.  If you are tight on time and do not want to see greasy fast food  on the table, there is a a quick way to whip up a home-cooked meal for almost the same cost.

But, if it is money you are looking to save, you will learn how to make the same meal and feed your family for half the cost.

Chicken Cacciatore with HEB Sauce (Serves 5)

Preparation Time – 5 minutes
Cook Time – 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 5 each – Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 jar Cookwell Two Step Cacciatore Sauce
  • 1 pound Dry Pasta, any type
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Drain and reserve.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  5. Add oil to pan and sear chicken breasts for 1 minute per side.
  6. Turn down heat to medium and add Cookwell Two-Step Cacciatore sauce, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Serve chicken over pasta topped with several spoonfuls of the cacciatore sauce.

Prices:

Chicken Breast- $5.73
Cookwell Cacciatore Sauce-$7.99
HEB Bow Tie Pasta- $1.14
Baguette-$1.69
Cherry Pie-$3.99

Total: $20.54 ($4.11 per person)
Without bread & pie: $14.86 ($2.97 pp)

Generic Chicken Cacciatore (Serves 5)
Prep Time – 20 minutes
Cook Time – 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 5 each Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 8 oz Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2- 14.5 oz cans Diced Italian Seasoned Tomatoes
  • 1- 14.5oz can Tomato Sauce
  • ½ cup Red Wine
  • 1 pound Dry Pasta, any type
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Drain and reserve.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  5. Add oil to pan and sear chicken breasts for 1 minute per side.
  6. Turn down heat to medium and add onion, garlic, bell peppers and mushrooms.
  7. Cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and red wine.
  9. Cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  10. Serve chicken over pasta topped with several spoonfuls of the sauce.

Prices:

Chicken Breast- $5.73
Onion-$1.00
Garlic-$.50
Green Bell Pepper-$.57
Mushrooms-$2.00
Diced Italian Tomatoes-$1.40
Tomato Sauce-$.60
Red Cooking Wine-$2.96
HEB Bow Tie Pasta- $1.14
Baguette-$1.69
Cherry Pie-$3.99

Total: $ 21.58 ($4.32 per person)
Without wine, bread & pie: $12.94 ($2.59 pp)
Without wine, bread, mushrooms & pie: $10.94 ($2.19 pp)

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