Healthy Recipe: Spice-Braised Chicken Legs with Red Wine and Tomato

I have to give Food & Wine a big shout out for including more healthy recipes lately, and providing nutritional information more often. Their stuff is always sophisticated and yummy. I made this for friends a few weeks ago and even though there were four of us and the recipe makes six servings, there were NO leftovers.


Photo credit: Crown Publishing

From Food & Wine

3 tablespoons canola oil
6 whole chicken legs, split into drumsticks and thighs, skin and fat removed (I just used boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they were on sale, and they were great)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
4 large garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
One 3-inch cinnamon stick, broken in half
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 bay leaves
1 cup dry red wine
1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped, with their juices

In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil until shimmering. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add half to the skillet. Cook over moderately high heat until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the browned chicken to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken. Pour off the fat in the skillet.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Add the onions, sprinkle with cumin, and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, cinnamon stick, crushed red pepper and bay leaves and cook, stirring, until the garlic is golden, about 3 minutes. Add the wine and simmer over moderately low heat for 5 minutes. Add the stock and the tomatoes with their juices and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the chicken to the sauce along with any accumulated juices and simmer over low heat, turning a few times, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is flavorful, about 50 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick and bay leaves, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Nutritional Information (whole recipe serves 6): 284 Calories, 8 grams Fat, 17 grams Carbohydrates, 30 grams protein.


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