This week's recipe of chicken cacciatore was chosen by Peggy of Pantry Revisited. Peggy and I work together so I was super excited about fixing a recipe that one of our own picked! Well after hearing that this recipe was a little bit bland as fixed per the recipe, I had to figure out a way to spice things up. So, instead of regular tomatoes, I used Rotel tomatoes. After all, Rotel tomatoes may be my favorite canned food item...ever.
The can of Rotel wasn't quite as large as the recipe called for, so I added a bit of tomato paste for some extra flavor. Also, I used baby bella mushrooms instead of white mushrooms. Otherwise, I essentially followed the recipe -- shocking, I know! Well, actually I slightly reduced the amount of red pepper flakes. I didn't want the chicken to be too spicy to eat!
While the rotel made the dish a little bit spicy, I thought it gave the cacciatore a great flavor. It definitely wasn't bland. Thanks Peggy for picking a GREAT, hearty recipe that was easy to make on a weeknight. I really like it, as did the cats, so I will definitely be making this recipe again.