Chicken Italiano

Course : Chicken
Serves: 4
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Ingredients:

14 ounces tomatoes -- canned
1/2 teaspoon basil dried
1/2 teaspoon tarragon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper -- freshly ground
2 teaspoons butter -- oil or marjarine
1 clove garlic finely chopped
2 pounds chicken pieces -- skinned
2 tablespoons parsley chopped or 2 tsp dry
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese -- shredded
 

Preparation / Directions:

Original recipe calls for chicken breast with bones. Because of the sauce, it is easier to eat with bones removed. A good dish to make with a whole utility frying chicken. Bones and skin can be cooked up in a separate pot for stock. Pour tomatoes into container of a blender or food processor. Add basil, tarragon, salt and papper. Puree until smooth. Melt margarine in a large frypan. Saute garlic over medium heat 1 min. (or mix in 1/2 tsp garlic powder with other spices) Add chicken pieces, saute, turning once or twice until golden on both sides. Cover with tomato mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 min until tender. Remove chicken and place in a warm oven-proof dish. Stir parsley into sauce and spoon over chicken. Sprinkle with Mozzarella. Place under heated broiler 1 min just until cheese melts. Or place on a microwave-safe dish and melt cheese in microwave. Or sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and serve immediately.


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