Thursday, March 8, 2012

Easy Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Calabrese

I rarely buy chicken parts, I either do the dark meat or the whole bird.

But I saw a great sale on Empire Kosher, so I went for it. I figured I would make something with the pieces.

This SUPER EASY recipe is from the lovely book My Calabria. The recipe uses fresh plum tomatoes, but I cheated and used San Marzano tomatoes from a can because I was too lazy to go to the market and buy fresh tomatoes.

The reason this is a Calabrian dish is because of the oregano and hot pepper. Ok. All I know is that it was one of the easiest chicken recipes ever and super delicious.

I shredded the leftover chicken pieces when they cooled a bit, and mixed the meat w/ the potatoes and juices to make a stew, it was even better day 2.

Chicken Calabrese (adapted from My Calabria):

3 lbs. cut up chicken parts (breasts, thighs, drumsticks)
5 plum tomatoes, cut up into 1" pieces
1 tbsp of good dried oregano, or 3 tbsp fresh oregano
hot pepper flakes to taste
1/2 lb. Yukon Gold or red new potatoes cut into quarters
1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2" pieces
olive oil
kosher salt and pepper

This is not rocket science.

Oven at 450F.

Lay the onion, garlic, potatoes and tomatoes on the bottom of a roasting pan.

Lay the chicken pieces on top and drizzle the whole pan with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and pepper.

With your hands, pinch the dried oregano over the chicken pieces.
Also with your hands, mix the vegetables w/ the chicken to coat everything, then rearrange the chicken parts on top of the veggies again.

Sprinkle the chicken w/ some hot pepper flakes to taste.

Bake for about 50 minutes, until skin is nice and crispy. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes.

Serve immediately with pan juices and dig in!

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The Japanese Redneck said...

very tasty looking.

I'm out tomorrow. Happy weekend.

SarahB said...

This is my kind of dish!

Anonymous said...

I love this book and make this dish at least once a week!


Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Great chicken dish! At this time of year, canned tomatoes are better anyway.

Christine said...

Just bought a pack of chicken breasts, guess what they're destined for? Yup! And I just picked eight tomatoes off the crazy little volunteer in the back yard with about six more almost ready for picking. Thanks for the super easy recipe!

Proud Italian Cook said...

That last photo makes me want to dig righ in! Crazy good!

Kate said...

It is dinner time...I have a fork handy and would love to try this dish. Alas, it will be another day. Looks amazing!!

Joanne said...

san marzanos are definitely the way to go when tomatoes are as lackluster as they are now! great dish!

Debby said...

Stacey - Looks great and I cannot wait to try - Debby in Seattle

Patsyk said...

That looks amazing! A perfect meal for my family. Very nice, Stace!

Anonymous said...

R step mom has been making them 4 6 years soo uhhh:( sometimes she evens put toppings on them we love them quick delicious and healthy