The Chicken Cacciatore can be served over rice or pasta!
- 9 pc. Chicken thighs, skinned and deboned (larger ones cut in half lengthwise)
- 2 pints tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, or Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce
- 3 cloves garlic (omit if you use the pasta sauce), minced
- 3/4 lbs mushrooms, sliced
- 1 pc. small to medium onion, cut in half and sliced
- 1/4 cup dried oregano/basil1/2 cup heated chicken stock or water (for filling to 1" headspace)
Prepare 5 pints, lids, and rings. Sterilize the jars and keep them in the hot water till its time for processing. Make sure to fill your pressure canner with the recommended amount of water and bring it to a simmer. Prep chicken and vegetables as instructed.
In a fry pan add a few tablespoons olive oil and brown the chicken on both sides. You do not have to cook the chicken all the way through. It will finish cooking in the pressure canner inside the jar.
In a stainless steel pot heat the 2 pints of tomatoes, mushroom, onions, garlic and herbs for 15 minutes till the sauce comes to a simmer. Remove from heat.
Filling the jars:
On a dishtowel place your hot jars and using your funnel in each jar fill with 2 to 3 pieces of the thigh meat. Then go back to each of the jars and fill with the tomato sauce mixture filling to 1" headspace. Remove air bubbles and refill to the proper headspace if necessary.
Taking a clean papertowel wet it with vinegar and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal.
Using your magic wand extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just "finger tight".
Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the pressure canner. Lock the lid and turn up the heat bring the canner to a boil.
Vent steam for 10 minutes, then close the vent by adding the weighted gauge or pressure regulator (for dial gauge canner). Process pints for 75 minutes at 10 lbs of pressure (11 lbs for dial gauge canner).
You can double and triple this recipe if you want to do it in quarts. For quarts you will pressure can for 90 minutes.
(Adjust pressure for altitude) When complete turn off the heat and let pressure return to zero naturally. Wait two minutes longer and open vent.
Remove canner lid. Wait 10 minutes then remove jars and place on dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.