Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken

Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken

Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken – Rosemary, aromatic eastern spices and hot peppers in a rich tomato gravy make a great flavor combination for tasty chicken!!

Don’t be fooled by this simple looking dish. Try it to savor its unique taste. I picked up this idea from my father in law – A vascular surgeon by profession, but who could give many a chef a run for their money. Seriously, no kidding! I have learned a great deal from his inborn talent.

The star ingredient that captivates my attention today is rosemary. An herb indigenous to the Mediterranean and popularly used in Italian, French and Spanish cuisine – rosemary is not just about its intense and fragrant aroma. It has amazing health and medicinal benefits.

Rosemary has substances that can stimulate the immune system, circulation and improve digestion. It has compounds that can increase the blood flow to the brain, thereby improving the concentration. Widely used in traditional medicine, this has been known as the herb of remembrance. There are studies that reveal the potential therapeutic benefit of rosemary for Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken

 

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Most of the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic activities, and neuroprotective effects of this herb plant are attributed to the abietane-type phenolic diterpenes, which are considered the most important group of compounds that have been isolated from the plant. Research studies have indicated that constituents of Rosemary – Rosmanol, cirsimaritin and salvigenin have demonstrated antidepressant, antinociceptive (reduction in sensitivity to pain), and anxiolytic (reduction in anxiety) effects.

The characteristic taste of this chicken dish comes from the combination of rosemary, eastern spices, hot peppers and a rich tomato gravy. It is important to sear the chicken very well at medium high temperature. The preferred spice blend to use would be a mix from the eastern Mediterranean region or the middle east.

Although rosemary has been typically used in the cuisines of southern European regions, here you will see that this herb scrumptiously blends with eastern spices in this spicy rosemary tomato chicken.

 

Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

 
SPICY ROSEMARY TOMATO CHICKEN
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NUTRITION FACTS
Servings: 6                   Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories 180, Total Fat 10 g (Saturated Fat 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 6 g), Cholesterol 44 mg, Sodium* 489 mg, Potassium 339 mg, Phosphorus 115 mg, Total Carbohydrate 7 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 13 g

 

*The sodium value may vary. The suggested amount of salt is just a guideline and may need to be adjusted. Check for any added salt in spice mixes, tomato paste and other ingredients and adjust.

 

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs Chicken thighs, cut and clean, no skin
2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
2 cups sliced yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 ½ cups chopped tomatoes
1 to 2 Serrano peppers, adjust per taste
1 teaspoon Persian or eastern Mediterranean or middle eastern spice blend
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin powder
1 tablespoon double concentrated tomato paste
2 tablespoon rosemary
3/4 teaspoon salt, adjust per taste
Pepper, to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron pot. Season chicken with some salt and pepper.

 

Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken Prep

 

Sear the chicken pieces on both the sides at medium high heat, until golden brown. Remove the chicken pieces from the pot and set aside

 

Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken Prep

 

Heat the remaining oil in the same cast iron pot. Add the sliced onion and sauté until golden brown.

 

Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken Prep

 

Add the grated garlic and stir a few minutes. Then add the tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes.

 

Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken Prep

 

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Finally add the seared chicken along with any juices and stir.

Add 1/4 cup of water and adjust if needed to add a little more.

Once the gravy starts to bubble, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked well.

May garnish with chopped parsley. Serve this spicy rosemary tomato chicken with rice or bread and salad.

 

Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

 

 

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Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken - Rosemary, aromatic eastern spices and hot peppers in a rich tomato gravy make a great flavor combination for tasty chicken!!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs Chicken thighs, cut and clean, no skin
  • 2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 ½ cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 to 2 Serrano peppers, adjust per taste
  • 1 teaspoon Persian or eastern Mediterranean or middle eastern spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon double concentrated tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, adjust per taste
  • Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron pot. Season chicken with some salt and pepper.
  2. Sear the chicken pieces on both the sides at medium high heat, until golden brown. Remove the chicken pieces from the pot and set aside
  3. Heat the remaining oil in the same cast iron pot. Add the sliced onion and sauté until golden brown.
  4. Add the grated garlic and stir a few minutes. Then add the tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Finally add the seared chicken along with any juices and stir.
  6. Add ¼ cup of water and adjust if needed to add a little more.
  7. Once the gravy starts to bubble, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked well.
  8. May garnish with chopped parsley. Serve this spicy rosemary tomato chicken with rice or bread and salad.
Notes
Entrees, Low Carb, Stews, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Chicken, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Quick, Easy
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Cup Calories: 180 Kcals Fat: 10 g Saturated fat: 2 g Unsaturated fat: 8 g Carbohydrates: 7 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 489 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 13 g Cholesterol: 44 mg