Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Italian Baked Chicken, Tomatoes, and Potatoes

This dish was good... like really really good!  In fact I was so wrapped up in the smell that I forgot to take a picture until we got down to the very last of it.  My hubby who normally isn't a tomato eater said that they were delicious with the "sauce".  By smashing the tomatoes you get all the yummy juices.  I didn't marinate the chicken in the dressing, but I think that I will next time just to see if it adds anything.  All in all this was a great dish, the potatoes were the best, we will have this again soon.
Soooooo amazing!
4 chicken fillets, skin on and bone in (about 6oz/200g each)
½ tbsp olive oil
1 cup cherry tomatoes
3 medium size potatoes (around 1.5lb/ 750g), peeled and cut into bite size pieces
½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated (or any other good melting cheese)
Salt and pepper
Italian Dressing (I doubled this)
2 tbsp thyme leaves or chopped oregano leaves
1 tbsp chopped rosemary leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp red wine or white wine vinegar (see notes)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp salt
Black pepper

Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
Boil or microwave the potatoes until slightly undercooked.
Use a fork to rough the potatoes up a bit - this allows the potatoes to absorb more of the dressing flavour - and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
While the potatoes are cooking, season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
Heat ½ tbsp olive oil in large oven proof pan over high heat.
Add chicken and brown well on both sides - around 3 minutes each side.
Remove pan from heat, and pour off the excess fat.
Place potatoes around the chicken and pour over the crushed tomatoes.
Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle the Italian Dressing all over.
Place cherry tomatoes on top and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle on cheese, then bake for a further 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden.
Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with basil leaves if you wish.
Everyday ingredients turned into an amazing meal. So easy - just 15 min prep!
The original posters picture since I forgot to take one!

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