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chicken provencal with orange gremolata: tasty chow for the comfort-food seeker

Chicken Provençal with orange gremolata is my go-to comfort food. We’re talking chick-flick-and-bottle-of-wine, comfy. Fuzzy-slippers, comfy. Let-the-laundry-pile-up-on-Sunday-afternoon, comfy.

The nicoise olive's delicate, nutty, mellow flavor marries well with orange zest and tomatoes; and the marjoram, thyme, and parsley give this dish a bright, herby lift.

Join me: Put on your oversized T-shirt, forget the laundry, and dig in.

Chicken Provencal with Orange Gremolata

Inspired by Cook’s Illustrated

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 14.5 can diced tomatoes, drained
½ cup pitted nicoise olives
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 cup white wine
1 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons tomato paste
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 anchovy
1 pinch of cayenne
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
1 teaspoon fresh marjoram, minced
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 small bunch parsley, minced

Season the chicken with salt and pepper on each side.

In a Dutch oven over medium flame, add the olive oil to the pan, then add the diced onion to the pot and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, cayenne, and anchovy.

Stir ingredients well and cook for another 2 minutes.  

Deglaze the pot with white wine. Add the chicken stock, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, marjoram, and thyme. Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Add the chicken and simmer on low for 45 minutes.

Add half of the orange zest and the olives and continue cooking for another 10 minutes until the liquid has thickened around the chicken.

Combine the remaining orange zest with the parsley and sprinkle on top. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve.

Reader Comments (7)

This is a terrific preparation of chicken, terrific flavors, and I love the orange gremolata here, excellent!

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter5 Star Foodie

Thanks, Natasha! The orange gremolata with the nicoise olives is the bomb.

January 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterAngela

I wish I had seen this earlier, because I definitely would have made it the center of my dinner party menu this weekend, but it looks fabulous and I love the flavors. Orange is such a life-saver in the winter!

January 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Hi Ang,
I will be making this dish this week.
I am always looking for easy chicken recipes and I love that orange gremolata!

January 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterstacey snacks

The orange tastes awesome in this dish.

January 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Ward

Andrea: I couldn't agree more about orange being a life-saver in the winter! Save this recipe for the next dinner party. Cheers!

Stacy: Me too! Let me know what you think if you make it!

Paul: I love you. Thank you for your deep love and appreciation of just about everything I make. :)

January 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterAngela

I am happy to see you are blogging again.

I am having a giveaway in my blog. I hope you will stop by. It is a Molcajete!

March 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMely

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