Grilled Chicken Breast Cacciatore

In Entrees, Poultry, Recipes, Sauces by Robert Irvine

Time: 2 hrYield: 8 servings


1/4 cup olive oil3 medium onions, sliced4 green bell peppers, sliced julienne4 red bell peppers, sliced julienne3 cups white mushrooms, cleaned and quarter-cut (about 1 pound)6 large ripe tomatoes, large dice2 tablespoons tomato paste2 cups tomato juice3 tablespoons chopped shallots (about 3 to 4)3 tablespoons chopped garlic (about 7 to 8 cloves)1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped (about 1/2 bunch)1 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped (about 1/2 bunch)Salt and freshly ground black pepper12 (4 to 5-ounce) boneless chicken breasts

For the Polenta:

1 large onion, chopped6 tablespoons butter8 cups water2 cups yellow cornmealGrated Parmesan


Heat oil in a large saucepot and sauté onions, peppers and mushrooms until onions begin to turn translucent and peppers begin to soften.

Add tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato juice, shallots, garlic, basil and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Let simmer 45 minutes until medium thickness.

Preheat a grill to high.

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

Grill on both sides until cooked through.

Arrange on serving platter and spoon sauce around.

Serve with a side of polenta (as you would mashed potatoes), and remaining sauce in a gravy boat.

For the polenta:

Saute onion in butter until softened.

Add water and stir in polenta.

Cook on low heat, stirring often, for about 40 minutes until tender.

Sprinkle with Parmesan.