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Mediterranean Braised Chicken

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Braising is a nice way to cook chicken. After you are done with the initial prepping all you need to do is let the meal cook itself! You will end up with a very tender, super flavorful dish.
Ingredients
  Pancetta slices 6 Medium, sliced
  Chicken thigh/Chicken drumstick 5 Medium
  Red onion 1⁄2 Medium, sliced
  Bell pepper 1 Medium, sliced
  Garlic 6 Clove (30 gm), minced
  Tomato 4 Large, peeled, chopped
  Rosemary sprig 1 Large, leaves removed (about 1 tablespoon)
  Green olives 15 Medium, seeded, chopped
  Chicken stock 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Dry white wine 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Oil 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon (to taste)
  Pepper 1 Teaspoon (to taste)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a braising pan crisp the pancetta. Remove from pan and set aside.
2. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper.
3. Add to the pan and brown in the pancetta rendered fat. Brown evenly on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside.

MAKING
4. In the pot remove all but 2 tablespoon of the remaining fat.
5. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic.
6. Cook making sure the brown-bits from the bottom of the pan is scraped. Pour a little chicken stock to aid in the process.
7. Cook the vegetables for about 5 minutes until softened.
8. Add the chopped tomatoes and the rosemary leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well and cook for about 15 minutes.
9. Return the chicken to the pan. Add the olives and the cooked pancetta.
10. Pour the chicken stock and the wine. Bring pot to a boil, cover and reduce the heat.
11. Simmer for about 2 hours. Add extra salt and pepper if needed.

SERVING
12. In a serving plate, serve the chicken with some mashed potatoes.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Mediterranean
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Simmering
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Restriction: 
High Protein, Low Carb
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
150 Minutes
Ready In: 
160 Minutes
Servings: 
5

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