Chicken Thighs Braised in Marinara (gf)

Hello! I haven’t posted in a while- we’ve been moving into and getting settled in our new home! It’s been a very exciting month, but moving always means meals out and cereal for dinner for a while. Instead of posting bowls of Kashi and soy milk, here’s the first meal I cooked in our new kitchen:

CHICKEN THIGHS BRAISED IN MARINARA

Adapted from the Pioneer Woman

Ingredients:

  • 1 package skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic, or 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 jar tomato sauce with a handsome man on it
  • glass of red wine for drinking and impromptu deglazing
  • salt & pepper
  • whole wheat pasta of choice or rice, cooked

Directions:

Heat the olive oil over medium in a large pan. I was very happy using my cast iron skillet for this recipe, even though I had to eventually top it with a wok lid. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. When the oil is hot, place the chicken in the pan, browning on both sides, 3-4 minutes per side. The longer you cook in this step, the faster the chicken will cook in the sauce, so if you’re short on time, you can make it up here. Remove cooked chicken to a plate.

Meanwhile, in the oil left in the pan (you may need to add a bit more), add chopped onion. Saute 4-5 minutes, until onion is translucent. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more, until fragrant.

At this point, I dumped a bit of my glass of wine into the pan to deglaze it, which worked out nicely. Not necessary, though, or you could get fancy and pour a bit out of a bottle instead of your glass like a hoosier. Do what you like. I am not here to judge.

drunken onions

Add chicken back to the pan and pour in marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own Mushroom Marinara. Oh Paul, stop making eyes at me, you handsome devil, you). I didn’t cover the chicken thighs, just poured the sauce around them. The Pioneer Woman recipe actually slow cooks this for hours, creating a shredded chicken ragu of sorts, but I wanted whole chicken to serve over pasta. Bring this mixture to a light boil (be careful of splatters or use a splatter guard), then reduce heat to medium low and cook for 25 minutes.

In the meantime, cook pasta or rice and set aside. When the chicken is cooked through, pour yourself another glass of wine, serve chicken and sauce over pasta, and enjoy.

Cheers!

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