Comfort Food With a Dash of Fancy

Stewed Chicken

After all the holiday eating, I was looking for ole’, reliable, comfort food.

I thought about fried chicken, but that seemed too carby after the holidays.  With fried chicken comes mashed potatoes, then gravy, maybe biscuits, etc. etc. Nope, too soon.

We just had roast beef and my husband would be smoking  pork over the weekend.

I decided on stewed chicken thighs.

Add a mixed green salad with poached pears, a sprinkle of pecans and a drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette. Compliment that with a nice Chianti and you have comfort food with a dash of fancy.

Ingredients – Serves two

Six chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
Rubbed Sage
One sweet onion, chopped
One garlic clove, chopped
One green bell pepper, chopped
One large can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes ( I use only Muir Glen Organic Brand)
One 10.75oz. can Puree
White Wine (optional)

Salt, Pepper and rub some sage on the chicken thighs.  Pan Sear them.

In a separate pan, sauté the onion, garlic clove and green bell pepper.

Back to the chicken thighs…

When they are nicely browned, add a 1/4 cup liquid (preferably white wine) and scrape the crud off the bottom of the pan. This is the good stuff. It’s the secret to flavoring.  Now add the onion, garlic and bell pepper from the other pan. You can deglaze that pan as well and add to the pan of chicken. Add a little bit more liquid and then add diced tomatoes and the can of puree.

Let simmer for about 20 minutes.

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