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Tomato-Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives & Capers

Tomato-Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives & Capers
Serves 4
Inspired by a recipe from Real Simple

2 teaspoons olive oil – stock
2 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs – $4.00
Salt & pepper – stock
1 medium onion, chopped – $0.50
2 large cloves of garlic, minced or run through a press – stock
3 sprigs of fresh thyme – $1.99
28-oz can of whole peeled tomatoes – $2.29
½-cup pitted kalamata or mixed Greek olives – $2.00
1 heaping tablespoon of capers – $1.99
Grand total assuming well-stocked kitchen: $12.77
Cost per serving: $3.19

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. In a Dutch oven or oven-safe stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper then brown the thighs, skin side down, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

3. In the same pot, add the onion, garlic and thyme, stirring well until the onion starts to become tender, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices, the olives and capers. Break up the tomatoes using the edge of a spatula or a wooden spoon. Add the chicken to the pot, skin side up.

4. Transfer the pot to the oven and roast uncovered for 40-45 minutes, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest thigh reads 165 and/or chicken is cooked through.

5. Serve hot garnished with fresh thyme leaves and/or a sprinkle of parmesan.