Mediterranean Style Chicken with Tomatoes and Honey
Adapted from the cookbook Mediterranean. The honey adds a richness to the dish, and a very slight sweetness.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 4 people
- 1 medium onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 1/2 pounds tomatoes or 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 3 Tablespoons refined coconut oil (no coconut flavor)
- 6 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin on, about 2 1/2 pounds)
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- pinch ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- ½ cup almonds
- sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
Dice onion and roughly chop garlic. Core tomatoes and chop into 1-inch chunks.
Heat a heavy bottomed large pot over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add oil. Add the chicken pieces and cook until the chicken is golden brown. Remove chicken. Do this in two batches in order to get a good caramelizing on the chicken.
Add to the pot the diced onion, garlic, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cook for 5 minutes over medium-high heat, until onions are softening.
Add chopped tomatoes, and heat until the tomatoes are beginning to bubble.
Add the chicken back in, lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 40 minutes. Check the pot occasionally to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom.
Meanwhile, roast the almonds in the oven at 350°F for 7-10 minutes, or until lightly toasted and fragrant.
Remove the cooked chicken from the pot. Increase the heat and cook the tomato mixture, stirring to prevent sticking, until the sauce is reduced into a thick puree, 15-20 minutes.
(Optional step: Crisp up chicken skin by placing under a broiler for 3-5 minutes.)
Remove tomato sauce from heat, and stir in the honey. Taste for salt, adding more if necessary.
Place chicken thighs on serving dish and spoon finished tomato sauce over top. Garnish with toasted almonds and sesame seeds.
Calories: 732kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 212mg | Sodium: 613mg | Potassium: 1013mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 31.7% | Vitamin C: 31% | Calcium: 9.3% | Iron: 14.6%