Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A homerun

Ron Luciano’s Easy Tomato Chicken
365 Ways To Cook Chicken Copyright 1986

½ cup flour
1 chicken (3 pounds), cut up and skinned I forgot to skin it
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup dry white wine
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
6 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 celery rib, sliced into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese I used the stuff in a green can
1 tablespoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. Place flour in a plastic bag. Add chicken pieces, several at a time, and shake to coat.
2. In a large flameproof casserole, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add chicken and cook until golden on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Do not brown.
3. Add white wine, tomatoes, carrots, celery, cheese, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well, cover and cook over low heat about 45 minutes, until chicken is tender.

Ron Luciano was a major league baseball umpire and author of several books on his umpiring career. Unfortunately he committed suicide, about 9 years after this recipe was published in this cookbook. Okay, this is weird. I just read that he died on January 18, 1995. I cooked this on January 18, 2010. And he shares a birthday with my sister - June 28th.

I really loved this. It smelled so good cooking that I kept lifting the lid to smell it. I did make one error and forgot to skin the chicken which you really want to do since with the skin, too much fat gets into the sauce. Since I cooked this a day ahead, I was able to skim the fat off the top before reheating it.

This would also be good with just skinned thighs and drumsticks or I might even try it with boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

I chose this recipe since I had everything but the tomatoes. I had two celery sticks left on a veggie tray we had at my son's birthday party. I had (and still have) a surplus of carrots. I keep some 'canned' grated Parmesan on hand at all times. As a side, I cooked the remains of orzo and rice pasta I found in the cupboard. Both boys love pasta and rice and pasta that looks like rice is a huge hit with them.

Question of the Day: Do you follow any professional sports? I don't anymore but I was a HUGE baseball fan in the mid-80s. I followed NASCAR briefly, about 10 years ago.


Anonymous said...

Not at the present time, but I did in the early-mid 90's....the Houston Rockets when they had their dream team and won the championship two years in a row. Everything came to a standstill when a game was on. Oh, those were the days!


Annie Jones said...

I don't and neither does Shane. The closest we come to watching sports is occasionally viewing the X Games, or stopping on a channel for a few minutes of bull riding. Although during the Olympics we might watch a bit of gymnastics or figure skating. We just aren't into sports.

Ash said...

That is certainly a yummy prep.... As it is I love chicken, Got another recipe to savor it.... All Thanks To You...