Another one of Granny’s specialties, takes me right back to childhood! Deliciously Italian!
• 1 chicken cut up or 6 thighs or 3 breasts, skin on (Granny always used a whole chicken, cut up)
• 1 tsp of salt
• 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
• 2 Tbs of olive oil
• 1 large onion, thinly sliced
• 1 large red or green bell pepper, thinly sliced
• 8 oz cremini or baby bella mushrooms, thickly sliced
• 4 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/3 C of bold red wine
• 3 cups of firm ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 1- 28 oz can of plum tomatoes, with juices
• 1 tsp of white or brown sugar
• 2 tsp of fresh thyme, chopped (1 tsp if dried)
• 2 tsp of fresh oregano, chopped (1 tsp if dried)
• 2 tsp of fresh basil, chopped (1 tsp if dried)
• 1 tsp of salt
• 1 tsp of pepper
Rinse chicken and pat dry, season with salt and pepper on both sides.
Heat the oil over high heat in large heavy skillet, I like to add a few garlic cloves to the oil while it’s heating up for extra flavor, then just fish it out before cooking the chicken. Work in batches, place the chicken skin side down, cookun until nicely browned, about 5 minutes, turn and brown other side.
Remove and place in a dutch oven. In the same skillet, drain off or add oil as needed, you should have about 2 Tbs total.
Add onions, peppers and mushrooms to the skillet and cook about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, add the chopped garlic, cook 1 more minute.
Add the wine and deglaze, scraping up the bits on the bottom of the skillet. Simmer until reduced by half, (about 10 minutes) add tomatoes (squish them up with your fingers) and sugar.
Then add in the herbs: thyme, oregano and basil, then salt & pepper. Stir well to combine. Taste, add more salt if needed.
Simmer uncovered for 5 more minutes, then carefully pour it over the chicken in the dutch oven. Put the lid on partially. Place in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour or until chicken is very tender.
Remove from the oven, let it rest for 15 – 20 minutes before serving. Delish!
My Granny Palmina always served this over polenta, but its also great over pasta!