During my middle years of college I lived with my grandparents. From time to time I liked to cook a weekend meal to give my Gram a break in the kitchen and to show them my appreciation for all they were doing for me. Back then I was following Weight Watchers and subscribed to their Smart Choice Recipe Collection which delivered a packet of recipes on a monthly basis. When this recipe came I knew I needed to try it, since my Gramp loves all things labeled Italian food.
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 8 pieces of bone-in chicken (I think thighs are best, but I've also used legs and breasts)
- 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1 green pepper, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- salt and pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 28 oz. plum tomatoes, with juice
- 4 oz. tomato paste
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Turn heat to medium-high and 1 tsp olive oil to dutch oven. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned. Add peppers and onions, salt and pepper to taste, and cook, stirring occasionally until they begin to soften. Add garlic, and continue cooking, stirring until fragrant.
Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes to pot. Stir well. Using thongs, squeeze tomatoes to jump start their breakdown process.
Remove skin from chicken pieces (and immediately throw that crispy stuff away before you're tempted to eat it!). Nestle chicken into sauce and vegetables.
Cover, turn heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes. Serves 6-8.
I serve this over pasta, but you could also serve on it's own, over any type of grain.