Meet your new Sunday supper--a dish that's great on the weekend, when you have more time for the pleasures of slow cooking. Serve on crusty toast slabs or a bed of pasta. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper if you'd like a little kick.

Keith Schroeder
Recipe by Cooking Light October 2014

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Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
20 mins
total:
2 hrs 5 mins
Yield:
Serves 6 (serving size: 4 ounces chicken and about 1/2 cup vegetables)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325°.

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  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter. Pour into a 13 x 9–inch glass or ceramic baking dish; tilt to coat bottom of dish. Top with fennel.

  • Rub salt into chicken; arrange chicken over fennel. Hand-crush tomatoes; tuck between thighs. Scatter garlic and lemon over chicken; sprinkle with thyme.

  • Cut 1 tablespoon butter into pieces; scatter over dish. Cover; bake at 325° for 1 hour or until a thermometer registers 180°.

  • Uncover; bake 45 minutes, basting every 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Combine bread and cheese in a food processor; pulse for coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over chicken; drizzle with basting juices. Bake 10 minutes. Top with parsley.

  • Variation:

  • Tomatillo and Chayote Chicken: Sub onion for fennel, 3 cups diced chayote for tomatoes, and 3 chopped tomatillos for lemons. Use 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano in place of thyme, increase salt to 3/4 teaspoon, and add 2 sliced serrano chiles with veggies. Rather than bread and Parm, use 3 tablespoons Cotija cheese. Top with cilantro instead of parsley; serve with lime wedges. Serves 6 (serving size: 4 ounces meat and about 2/3 cup vegetables) CALORIES 270; FAT 4g (sat 7g); SODIUM 467mg

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

267 calories; fat 10.7g; saturated fat 4.2g; mono fat 3.3g; poly fat 1.6g; protein 32g; carbohydrates 11g; fiber 2g; cholesterol 154mg; iron 3mg; sodium 503mg; calcium 84mg.