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Poultry
 
Braised Chicken with Tomatoes and Peppers

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Preparation Time
45 Minutes

Start to Finish Time
45 Minutes

Serves
Makes 4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Variation: Like a spicy dish? Use hot-style chili powder instead of regular chili powder, or two jalapeño chiles instead of one.


Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 cut-up whole chicken (3 to 3 1/2 pounds), skin removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse (kosher or sea) salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow or green bell pepper, cut into bite-size strips
  • 1 medium jalapeño chile, seeded, finely chopped
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) Muir Glen organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Hot cooked rice or couscous, if desired
  • Lime wedges, if desired

Preparation
    1. In deep 12-inch skillet or 5-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken pieces to skillet; cook 5 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, until chicken is light golden brown. Remove chicken from skillet; set aside.
    2. In same skillet, add onion, garlic, bell pepper and chile; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes, broth, 1 tablespoon of the cilantro, the chili powder and cumin until well mixed.
    3. Return chicken to skillet; spoon sauce over chicken. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes, turning chicken once, until juice of chicken is clear when thickest piece is cut to bone (170°F for breasts; 180°F for thighs and drumsticks).
    4. Serve in shallow bowls over rice; sprinkle with remaining cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.



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