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Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives and Basil

Source: Quick From Scratch - Italian
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  Serves 4
Though it only cooks for half an hour, this dish has the satisfying, melded flavor of a long-simmered stew. Part of the explanation is that the garlic cloves are cooked whole and them mashed into the sauce. You'll always get a more mellow flavor from whole cloves than from chopped or crushed garlic.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 chicken thighs (about 3 pounds in all)
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh-ground black pepper
1 onion, chopped
12 cloves garlic, peeled
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, or 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree
1/3 cup halved and pitted black olives
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
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DIRECTIONS
In a large deep frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Put the chicken in the pan and brown well on both sides, about 8 minutes in all. Remove. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat. Reduce the heat to moderately low.


Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the rosemary and wine. Bring to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan to dislodge any brown bits. Boil until the wine is reduced to approximately 1/4 cup, 1 to 2 minutes.


Add the broth, tomatoes, olives, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the chicken, skin-side up, with any accumulated juices. Cover and simmer until the chicken is just done, 20 to 25 minutes. Push the chicken to the side of the pan and then mash the garlic cloves with a fork. Stir in 1/8 teaspoon pepper and the basil, bring just to a simmer, and serve.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 523
Fat. Total: 18g
Fiber: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 13g
Sodium: 1018mg
% Cal. from Fat: 31%
Cholesterol: 282mg
Protein: 70g
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Rating: 5
by: Ella, MA Reviewed: 12/16/2009
Delicious! Fast and easy
I have made this recipe twice. It is very easy and quick to put together. The flavors are wonderful. The chicken thighs are nice and tender. I paired it with linguini but it would work with any type of pasta. It might be nice with rice too. It tasted even better the second day after all the ingredients had time to mesh together. I give it 2 thumbs up! Loved it!
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