Have you seen those tiny houses that are becoming increasingly popular? HGTV has series on tiny houses too. I think they look really cool and cute, but I could never live in one. I am not a minimalist at all and could never survive in one!
A few weeks ago I was gifted a copy of the Tiny House Cooking cookbook. You don’t have to live in a tiny house to use these recipes obviously, but they’re so great because all the recipes use as few cooking utensils and vessels as possible. I believe all the recipes are for 2 people as well so it’s great for if you’re cooking for just yourself or for 2 that way you can make great tasting food without being worried that it’s going to be way too much food for you.
I recently tried out my first recipe from the book – the Chicken Cacciatore with Mushrooms. I was making it for 4 people so I doubled the recipe which was easy enough.
For this recipe you’ll need:
- whole chicken legs, thighs attached
- ground black pepper
- all purpose flour
- extra virgin olive oil
- white onion
- white mushrooms
- dry red wine
- chicken broth
- crushed tomatoes
- bay leaf
- fresh oregano (you can substitute with rosemary which I did)
Separate the chicken legs and thighs and season well with salt and pepper. Coat the chicken in flour and shake off the excess before browning the chicken on all sides.
Then, in the same pan you browned the chicken you will add in the other ingredients to make the sauce. First, clean out the burnt bits from the pan.
Add the garlic, onion, carrot, and mushrooms and sauté until they soften. Then add the wine, broth, tomatoes, bay leaf, and oregano (or rosemary in my case). Add in remaining salt & pepper. Return the chicken to the pan and bring to a simmer. Then, cook partially covered for 45 minutes or until chicken is very tender.
You can serve the chicken cacciatore alone or over pasta. I made penne to serve it over. As a reminder, I did double the recipe to feed 4 but this would be so easy to make as directed and serve for 2 people or for just yourself with leftovers.
The chicken was so tender and flavorful and I loved the sauce. It tasted so delicious over the al dente pasta.
I definitely recommend you checking out Tiny House Cooking for some great recipes for smaller portions and for easy clean up!
*This cookbook was sent to me complimentary, but all opinions are my own.*