Sicilian Style Chicken with Datterini Tomatoes

Sicilian Style Chicken with Datterini Tomatoes

Made with Datterini tomatoes

Mutti® Baby Roma Tomatoes (Datterini) are small, oval shaped tomatoes with a wonderful fleshy texture and a delicious sweet flavor. They are carefully harvested and quickly processed to preserve their freshly picked taste.  Their thin skin makes them ideal for quick sauces or for topping shellfish and seafood.

cooking sketch (COOK TIME: 60+ min)

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  • pinch large saffron threads
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium brown onions (sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 14 oz Mutti® Baby Roma Tomatoes (Datterini)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 4 chicken Marylands
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt flakes
  • 1/2 cup pitted green Sicilian olives
  • quinoa
  • leaves coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 wedge preserved lemon (rinsed, pulp removed, rind finely chopped)

Tip: Freshly grated lemon rind can replace preserved lemon.

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Sicilian Style Chicken with Datterini Tomatoes: Method

  1. Preheat oven to 392°F. Place saffron threads into a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons boiling water. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan; add onions and cook over a low heat stirring occasionally for 20 minutes or until the onions are soft. Add garlic, cardamom, cumin, pepper and cinnamon sticks and cook, stirring for 2 minutes longer.
  3. Add the saffron threads (including the liquid), Mutti® Baby Roma Tomatoes (Datterini) and honey and stir to combine. Simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the mixture into a 10-cup capacity (6 cm deep) ovenproof dish.
  4. Cut through the leg and thigh joint of each chicken Maryland. Place each drumstick and thigh skin side up in the tomato mixture. Brush each chicken piece with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Cover dish with foil and bake 20 minutes; uncover and cook for an additional 25 minutes or until chicken is golden. Scatter olives over the chicken and cook for 5 minutes longer.
  6. Serve chicken with quinoa. Sprinkle with parsley and preserved lemon.

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