Kate's Cuisine

Sep 25 2016

Revised Tuscan Chicken

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So the other day, I had the cheapo cut of meat, chicken legs with thighs attached, sitting in my fridge. The delicious Italian dish, Tuscan Chicken, came to mind and, knowing it has a long marinating time, I quickly set about gathering the ingredients. Just as quickly, I realized I didn’t have many of the main ingredients this chicken dish called for.

Not to be swayed from my Tuscan Chicken dreams, I found whatever substitutions I could and prepared it (mostly) the same way. The result? An entirely different dish. And that’s one of my favourite things about cooking.

  • 4 chicken legs with thighs attached $6.75
  • 1/4 cup olive oil $0.08
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved $1.98
  • 2 carrots, chopped $0.34
  • 1 onion, chopped $0.47
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped $0.35
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped $0.35
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced $0.04
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon $0.33
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary leaves $0.50
  • 1 cup dry white wine $2.50
  • 1 cup chicken stock $1.00
  • Salt $0.01
  • Pepper $0.01

Total cost $14.71
Cost per serving $3.67

1.) Rinse and pat chicken dry and place in a large pot (the same one you will cook the chicken in). In a separate bowl combine the olive oil, carrots, onion, bell pepper, garlic, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, salt and pepper. Mix together to ensure that all vegetables are coated and then pour over top of chicken. Place in the fridge and marinate for 3 or 4 hours.

2.) When ready to start cooking, take the pot of the fridge and bring the chicken back up to room temperature. This will probably take about an hour.

3.) Place pot over medium-high heat and brown the chicken on both sides. This should take about 15 minutes. Add the wine and reduce for 5 minutes. Add the cut cherry tomatoes and chicken stock, then add to the pot, mixing well to ensure everything is combined thoroughly.

4.) Bring to a full boil then lower the heat and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes more, until the chicken is completely cooked through.

5.) Serve and enjoy!

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