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     Braised Italian Chicken

Category   Entrees - Maindishes
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1 1/2-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs (6-8 thighs)
1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1 cup diced onion
1/4 cup shredded carrot
5-6 cloves garlic, minced
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (not drained)
1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 tbs balsamic vinegar, divided
2-3 tbs chopped fresh basil
freshly shaved Parmesan cheese

Preheat over to 350 degree. To prepare chicken, rinse all pieces in cold water and use a pair of kitchen shears to snip off any remaining fat. Blot dry on paper towels. Season one side with 1/2 tsp salt and several cracks of black pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven to medium heat. When hot, add olive oil and make sure it spreads across bottom of pot. Place chicken salt side down and cook for 2-3 minutes. While it's cooking, sprinkle remaining 1/4 tsp salt plus a few cracks black pepper on other side of chicken. Flip chicken pieces and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove chicken and place on a plate. Add onions and carrots to pot and cook for 2-3 minutes, add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add can of diced tomato (with all juices), tomato sauce, Italian season, and 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar. Stir ingredients and bring to a simmer. Add chicken and all accumulated juices from plate. Cover chicken with sauce and cover pot with lid.
Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and remove lid. Use 2 forks to gently shred chicken into large chunks. Add remaining 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar and chopped basil. Add additional kosher salt and pepper to taste. Serve over pasta, rice, quinoa, or steamed vegetables, or on French rolls or slider buns and garnish with fresh parmesan cheese.

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