Chicken Cacciatore Pasta
- 4 (11 ounce) chicken leg quarters
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt, or more to taste, divided
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
- 1 cup sliced onion
- 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 (28 ounce) can tomato puree
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 (15.5 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 8 ounces dried fusilli or penne pasta
- 1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- 2 Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon salt. Heat oil in a wide, heavy, oven-safe pot over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking, about 1 minute. Add chicken, skin sides down, and cook, turning once, until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- 3 Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat. Reduce heat to medium and cook pepper, onion, and garlic, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in oregano, thyme, tomato puree, water, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a simmer. Return chicken to pot, return to a simmer, cover, and transfer to oven. Bake until chicken is tender, 45 to 50 minutes.
- 4 Transfer chicken to a bowl and chill, uncovered, until cool enough to handle (20 minutes). Discard skin and bones. Pull meat into coarse shreds.
- 5 Add chicken, beans, and vinegar to tomato mixture in pot and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.
- 6 Meanwhile, cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Stir pasta into chicken mixture, thinning with pasta water as needed. Season with additional salt, if desired.