Chicken recipes: Easy, in the oven, or on the grill

Chicken recipes: Braised, baked, breaded, fried, or grilled, chicken is an easy-to-prepare dinner staple and easy on the budget, too.

Stewed chicken, family style

Tastes Like Home
This chicken stew uses drumsticks or thighs, inexpensive cuts that make the dish more flavorful. Almost any side dish works with this stew, and it will serve your whole family.

By Cynthia NelsonTastes Like Home
Serves 4 – 5 

10 chicken drumsticks or thighs
3 tablespoons green seasoning (a Caribbean relish)
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup diced onions
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Water, chicken or vegetable stock
Chopped parsley or thinly sliced green onions to garnish (optional)

1. Wash and pat chicken dry.

2. Add chicken to a large bowl along with green seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Rub seasoning into chicken, cover and let marinate at room temperature for half an hour (you can opt to marinate longer or overnight in the refrigerator).

3. Heat oil in a large pot on medium heat and brown chicken in batches then setaside.

4. If there is too much oil in the pot after browning the chicken, remove all but 3 tablespoons.

5. Toss in onions, garlic and thyme, season with salt and pepper; reduce heat to low and let cook until the onions are softened.

6. Push the onion mixture to one side of the pot; add the tomato paste smearing itwith the back of the spoon on the vacant part of the pot. Toast the tomato paste for 2 to 3 minutes by smearing and turning it a few times.

7. Mix the onion mixture with the tomato paste and cook together for 1 minute.

8. Raise heat to medium high and add back the chicken to the pot along with any drippings or juice from the chicken. Mix together and cook for a minute.

9. Pour in enough water or stock to come up to the same level as the chicken (but not to cover it).

10. Cover pot and bring it to a boil, when the pot comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, move the lid partially over the pot and let cook until the chicken is cooked through and the liquid has reduced to a sauce consistency you desire. Taste for seasoning (salt) and adjust.

11. Serve with rice, bread, pasta, mashed potatoes, cou-cou (polenta), foo-foo, orboiled ground provisions (root vegetables).

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