Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Chicken With Tomatoes

Inspired by Pam's roasted chicken with summer veggies, and Katherine's Chicken Pastina, last night's cool weather inspired me to make something similar to what they both did last week. Of course, I never have the same things in my kitchen as other people. I also cannot possibly cook my starch with my meat (with exceptions for roasted potatoes), because I'm pretty sure that degree of food mixing is illegal or at least stomach-damaging. Hmmm, maybe I should be eating off my dearly beloved's grandmother's depression glass with separate food sections? Naaah, that would just be way too food segregationalist, wouldn't it? I digress. Anyway, this is what I did. After you drool over Pam's and Katherine's lovely contributions to food world, this isn't all that great, but it's the best I could do last night (and it also warmed the kitchen on a rainy 50 degree night).

Chicken With Tomatoes

3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, cut into large chunks
olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
2 tomatoes, diced

4 green onions, diced
12 basil leaves, snipped
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup water whisked with 6 tbsp cornstarch or flour
mozzarella cheese slices

In the bottom of the broiler pan, drizzle olive oil. Place the chicken chunks in a single layer, very lightly salt and pepper and broil for 5 to 6 minutes per side, depending upon the size of the pieces; it won't quite be done. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat the chicke
n broth, and whisk in the water/cornstarch or flour combo. It will be very thick; don't worry, that will get sorted out. Stir in the tomato, onion and basil, and cook a few minutes, until the chicken has cooked sufficiently. Pour the sauce and vegetables over the chicken, and return to the broiler for 3 minutes. Top with thin slices of mozzarella, which will melt in but not disappear. Serve with a side of buttered pasta and a green vegetable (I chose broccoli). Serves 5 (yes, I'm sadly back to small family cookery).


Pam said...

This kind of meal pleases everyone. My kids would gobble it up.

Paula said...

What time should I arrive for dinner?

Marjie said...

Paula, Dinner's at 8!

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks great!

doggybloggy said...

I like what I see

Prudy said...

You always make such beautiful dinners. My kids are still raving about the portuguese bread. I made two loaves-one to give away to a neighbor post surgery, and I'm sorry to say that they did not get it at all. We had guests pop by unexpectantly, and we sliced right in and had it with butter and honey.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your dinner looks so scrumptous! I want you to adopt you need another mouth to feed - lol You did a wonderful job, everything looks so inviting as always.

Grace said...

it's too early to read a word like segregationalist. :)
great recipe--sounds absolutely perfect to me.

noble pig said...

I could love this for dinner! How awesome! Now I need some cool weather!

Pam said...

Thanks for the link! I love the addition of a the cheese. Cheese makes everything better!