Ingredients:

  • One 3 1/2 lb chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped, firm ripe tomatoes (or canned plum tomatoes in their juice)

Instructions:

  1. Brown the chicken: Rinse chicken and pat dry. Season the chicken pieces on all sides with salt. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
  2. Working in batches so that you don’t crowd the pan, place the chicken pieces skin side down in the pan.  Cook until nicely browned, about 5 minutes, then turn over and lightly brown the other side.
  3. Remove chicken to a bowl, set aside. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of the rendered fat. If you have less than 2 Tbsp of fat in the pan, add more olive oil until you have about that much oil coating the pan.
  4. Sauté the onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, garlic: Add the sliced onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms to the pan. Increase the heat to medium high.
  5. Cook until the onions are translucent, and the mushrooms have given up most of their moisture, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic to the pan and cook a minute more.
  7. Deglaze pan with wine, add tomatoes, spices: Add the wine and scrape up any browned bits at the bottom of the pan. Simmer until the wine is reduced by half. Add the tomatoes.
  8. Stir in the pepper, thyme, oregano, and about a teaspoon of salt. Test and taste to adjust. Simmer uncovered for another 5 minutes.
  9. Add chicken back to pan, partially cover, cook until tender: Place the chicken pieces on top of the tomatoes and onions, skin side up. Lower the heat and cover the skillet with the lid slightly ajar.
  10. Cook the chicken on a low simmer, turning and basting from time to time. Cook until the thighs are tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.