Dec 10, 2010

baked chicken in tomato sauce

found that tin of olives in the pantry, it had been there for a very long time. decided that its time had come, i initially bought those olives to make maroccan-type dish but never got to it. i haven't really been to the stores after i got home, the other ingredients were scraped from the fridge and pantry.

here's what went in:

2 cans (400/240gr) of crushed tomatoes
2 medium onions, minced
4 carrots, cubed
3 stalks of celery, cubed
20-30 olives, stuffed with lemons
1 huge clove of garlic, grated
4 chicken brests, skin on (optional)

mircoplane should start paying me for promoting their stuff...

i was hesitant to taste these as they were, but i quite liked much so, that i had to put some aside to make sure there were some left for the dish

i browned the chicken breasts on skin side, then placed in oven dish skin side up. you could used any part of chicken here, with or without the skin. i wanted to use the skin to get some of its flavour. or, you could go all veggie and use eggplant (cubed), zucchini, potatoes, etc

then removed some of the fat left from the chicken and sauteed the onion, carrot & celery mix for a few minutes to get their flavors going, then added the crushed tomatoes to heat them up a bit...

...before pouring the mixture into the oven dish and onto the chicken

i had preheated the oven to 200C, i put the lid on this and placed it in the oven

you could cook this on stove as well, i took the dog for a walk and wanted to have my luch ready after i got back...the dish ended up being in the oven about an hour and a half, but i guess an hour would be enough. the chicken was still juicy after the longer cooking time as it had been submerged in the tomatoes

you didn't think i forgot the olives? nope, olives sometimes start tasting funny after cooking too long, so i wanted to add them to the dish once it had done cooking. i did pour in approx 2 tbsp of the brine of the olives, but in case you didn't notice, there is no salt anywhere before this, no pepper nor chili nor nothing. i did add 1 tbsp of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes

cooked some whole wheat pasta to go with it...for the leftovers, i removed the skins, shredded the chicken into smaller pieces, mixed the chicken and cooked pasta into the dish. certain someone had one portion for dinner, took one to work for lunch and there is still some for my lunch today

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