Savory, rich, and full flavored chicken thighs simmered with a few key ingredients — just what I wanted on a rainy evening.
Fresh garlic and diced red tomatoes combine with warm herbes de Provence and Parmesan rind to create the perfect simmer sauce for chicken thighs. Parmesan rinds are just that — the hard outer edge of my wedges of Parmesan cheese. I save them in bags in the freezer and bring out pieces to add wonderful umami to broth or simmer sauces.
I consider this a pantry dish, as the ingredients are either shelf stable, or in my freezer. Serve this warming dish with crusty bread or polenta. Enjoy!
Chicken thighs braised with tomatoes and herbes de Provence
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 cans diced tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, crushed
4 TB olive oil
2 tsp herbes de Provence
Parmesean rind piece
Sea salt (start with 1/2 tsp, more if needed)
Heat covered sauté pan over medium heat. When pan is warm, add olive oil, crushed garlic, and sauté just for a few seconds. Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cover and simmer for about 40 minutes, or until the chicken is very tender. Check toward the end of the simmer time to be sure the sauce isn’t getting too dry. Add a bit of white wine or water to add moisture if needed.