Hunter's Wife's Chicken (Pollo alla Cacciatora) . . .

The recipe for this stew, a northern Italian braise of chicken and vegetables in a tomato sauce, is adapted from Marcella Hazan's book, Essentials of Italian Cooking (Knopf, 1992).



¼ cup canola oil
1 (3–4-lb.) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
½ cup flour
1 tsp. minced rosemary
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 medium carrot, cut into ¼" pieces
1 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
⅔ cup dry white wine
1 (28-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley

Heat oil in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. Working in batches, cook chicken until browned, 10–12 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate; set aside. Add rosemary, garlic, bay leaf, carrot, bell pepper, onion, and celery to pan; cook until golden, 6–8 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring and scraping browned bits from bottom of pan, until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Return chicken to pan and add tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cook, covered, until chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Uncover and stir in parsley. Using tongs, transfer chicken to a serving platter; spoon sauce over the top.