Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3-1/2 pounds chicken parts (light, dark, or a combination - here I use a quartered whole chicken)

  2. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

  3. 2-1/2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided use

  4. 1/2 medium sweet onion , coarsely chopped

  5. 2 bay leaves

  6. 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried

  7. 6 medium garlic cloves , chopped

  8. 1/4 cup dry white wine

  9. 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled

  10. 1 cup chicken stock

  11. 1 pound ripe tomatoes coarsely chopped OR 1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped

  12. 1 strip (1 inch x 3 inches) orange zest

  13. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or ground chipotle chile pepper powder

  14. 2 anchovies rinsed, patted dry and minced or 1 teaspoon anchovy paste

  15. 15 Nicoise or small Greek olives , pitted and coarsely chopped

  16. 2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Blot chicken with paper towels and season with kosher salt and freshly-ground pepper.

  2. Heat a heavy 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1-1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and place chicken pieces skin-side down in hot pan. Cook until golden brown on each side. Remove to a platter and keep warm.

  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and saute onion , bay leaf, and thyme leaves until onions are soft. Add garlic and saute an additional minute, stirring often.

  4. Carefully stir in white wine , then add saffron . Simmer until thickened and wine has almost completely evaporated, then add the chicken stock. Simmer 8 to 10 minutes until reduced to about 1/2 cup. Stir in tomatoes , orange zest, cayenne pepper, and anchovies .

  5. Return chicken to the pan, placing pieces skin-side up, cover, and gently simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat. Stir in olives . Taste and adjust seasonings. Sprinkle with chopped parsley to serve. Goes great with rice or pasta .

  6. Yield: 4 servings Tomato Saffron Chicken Recipe Photo © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to, Inc.


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