Spicy Tomato Chicken Stew

Boned, skinned chicken thighs are just as convenient as breasts, and they have an added advantage: Their succulent texture and robust flavor stand up well to braising. Prep and Cook Time: about 45 minutes.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound boned, skinned chicken thighs, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons each salt and freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained and minced
  • Red chile flakes, to taste
  • 1 can (14 oz.) petite diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 package (8 oz.) thawed frozen artichoke hearts, quartered if large
  • 1 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 cup pitted medium black olives

Preparation

  1. 1. Cut each chicken thigh into 2 or 3 chunks. In a resealable plastic bag, combine flour, salt, and pepper. Add chicken, seal, and shake to coat.
  2. 2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken (discard excess flour) in a single layer and cook, turning once, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
  3. 3. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic, capers, and red chile flakes and stir just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and simmer, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan, until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add broth and chicken and return to a simmer. Lower heat slightly to maintain simmer, cover, and cook 10 minutes.
  4. 4. Add artichokes to pot and stir. Cover and cook about 8 minutes, until the stew has been heated through and reduced slightly. Stir in parsley and olives. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.
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