Thursday, March 26, 2009

I'm Baaccckkk!

Wow - twelve days after my last post I finally am back! Mexico was amazing, and I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a contest that may have come from the trip to'll have to wait and see. In the interim I wanted to post a recipe that I was able to throw in the slow cooker the day before I left town (thank God for the slow cooker, days spent packing and running errands are perfect for slow cooking!). Straight from the likes of the March 09 Cooking Light issues is a delicious Mediterranean inspired chicken recipe.

Chicken Thighs with Olives and Tomato Sauce


* 12 chicken thighs (about 4 pounds), skinned
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
* 1 teaspoon olive oil
* 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
* 1/4 cup dry white wine
* 3 tablespoons tomato paste
* 2 to 3 teaspoons crushed red pepper
* 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
* 1/4 cup sliced pitted kalamata olives
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Place chicken in an electric slow cooker.
2. Add garlic to pan, and sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; cook 30 seconds. Place wine mixture in cooker. Add tomato paste, crushed red pepper, and tomatoes to cooker.
3. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, olives, and parsley.

Served alongside some green beans this was a delicious dinner and healthy to boot! Even my boyfriend didn't really notice how healthy it was, that makes it a true winner!


Anonymous said...

Welcome back! I can't wait to hear all about your trip! The chicken looks yummy!

Chef E said...

Me too, we missed you, well I have, so welcome back!!!

Reeni♥ said...

This looks delicious! I'm glad your back with some interesting tales to tell, maybe?

Tangled Noodle said...

Happy to 'read' you again! I look forward to hearing about your trip. I've fallen back in love with my slow cooker and this recipe looks amazing and so flavorful. Can't wait to try it out!

Grace said...

welcome back to reality! i hope you have lots of pictures to share from your trip; that way, i can visit mexico vicariously through you. :)
and hey--great dish!

Gloria Chadwick said...

Welcome home! Would your contest have anything to do with Tex-Mex since you're in Texas and your mom is in Mexico? :)

Hornsfan said...

Thanks all! I'm excited to get back into the swing of things and will be posting photos, descriptions, etc. shortly!

Dee said...

This does look wonderful!