Family couldn't get enough of this--easily 2 small thighs each so I would double the recipe next time. I made a few changes based on what I had on hand- used canned tomatoes but am willing to try fresh next time, used 4 three inch sprigs of fresh rosemary and used about 3 tablespoons of fresh basil. I served it with Cooks Illustrated basic (almost no stir) risotto recipe (instead of the polenta) and green beans. Excellent meal and my house smelled divine.
Osso Buco-Style Chicken Thighs
In this chicken version of traditional osso buco, chicken thighs are simmered in a heady tomato sauce, then sprinkled with zesty gremolata and served on a bed of Gruyère-laced polenta.
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- Calories: 412
- Calories from fat: 29%
- Fat: 13.4g
- Saturated fat: 4.8g
- Monounsaturated fat: 4.9g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.2g
- Protein: 33.6g
- Carbohydrate: 40.8g
- Fiber: 6.9g
- Cholesterol: 108mg
- Iron: 3.5mg
- Sodium: 763mg
- Calcium: 314mg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- 6 chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), skinned
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 3/4 cup cubed carrot
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped celery
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 cup dry white wine
- 5 cups chopped tomato (about 2 pounds)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup uncooked instant polenta
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated fresh Gruyère cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- To prepare chicken, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken from pan.
- Heat 1 teaspoon oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, and 2 garlic cloves. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, tomato, basil, and rosemary; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 15 minutes.
- Return chicken to pan. Cover and simmer 35 minutes or until chicken is done. Uncover and cook 5 minutes or until tomato mixture thickens.
- To prepare polenta, combine milk and broth in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; gradually add instant polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cheese and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- To prepare gremolata, combine parsley, rind, and 1 garlic clove. Serve chicken mixture over polenta; sprinkle with gremolata.
Chicken thighs stand in well for veal shanks in osso buco; their higher fat content, compared to other chicken parts, lets them hold up to long cooking or braising.
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