I had a very hard time choosing what to make for dinner last night. I knew I would have the house to myself, and could take my time and make whatever sounded most delicious. I decided I should make something that would provide lots of leftovers for lunches the rest of the week. I wanted something with tomatoes and I wanted to soak up the yummy juices with delicious bread. I figured chicken would be cheapest. After scouring the internet for what felt like forever (how hard does it sound to find a recipe that suited my needs??), I finally decided to make this recipe from Martha Stewart. Below is the recipe as I made it, with only a few adjustments:
Chicken with Tomatoes and Mushrooms
-about 2 pounds boneless/skinless chicken. I used 2 breast halves and 4 small thighs.
-Coarse salt and ground pepper
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-a little over 1 pound mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-1 large can (28 ounces) whole stewed tomatoes
-half of an onion, quartered
-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
-1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
-a few dashes of paprika
-a few dashes of cayenne pepper
-delicious hot bread to soak up all that juice (or rice if you prefer)
1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large (5-quart) saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, heat oil over medium-high heat; swirl to coat bottom of pan. Cook chicken, turning when it easily releases from the pan, until golden, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
2. Add mushrooms; cover, and cook until softened, about 5 to 10 minutes.
3. Add garlic, tomatoes, onion, oregano, thyme, paprika, cayenne pepper, and a little bit of salt and pepper.
4. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until tomatoes have broken down, about 20 minutes.
5. Return chicken and any accumulated juices to pan; cover, and cook until chicken is opaque throughout, 4 to 6 minutes. Turn chicken to coat with sauce, and serve.
I felt like something was missing from this, and it might be because usually when I make something like this it is spicy. This was not spicy at all but it was super tasty. I ate it with a ton of bread for dinner and then boxed up the rest with rice into FOUR perfect lunch containers.
I liked the chicken breasts more than the thighs, and I think this would be delicious without meat, just maybe with some portabella mushrooms in place of the meat. Or steak! I think I will be making many variations of this dish in the fall.