So, you come home from a long day, you forgot to defrost anything for dinner, and all you have are frozen chicken thighs. Well, I have a solution for you……this delicious chicken dinner, that could accompany pasta, rice, your favorite crusty bread, or be eaten by itself: The Baked Stewed Chicken. You can either use 2 cups of my recipe, The Simply Home Made Spaghetti Sauce, or whichever sauce is your favorite, and 1 can of diced tomatoes with chilis. This recipe is for 10 pieces of chicken thighs (the family packs that are sold in most grocery stores), that come in those long trays, in a single layer. You can rinse them off, and just place them in your baking pan (of course, your pan has to be long enough to hold them). I use my chafing pan to cook them. Hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did. This dish will give you about 4 to 5 servings. Here we go…..
family pack (about 10 pieces) of frozen chicken thighs, bone in, skin on, washed
salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika
2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce, or, my recipe for The Simply Home Made Spaghetti Sauce
1 can of diced tomatoes with chilis (I used the mild one, but you can use the hot one if you would like)
1 long baking pan ( I use a chafing pan, or an aluminum catering pan)
Preheat oven to 425. Place washed chicken in your pan. Season skin side only, sparingly, with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika, starting from right to left, or left to right. Evenly pour pasta sauce onto your chicken, then top with diced tomatoes with chilis. Cover, and cook in middle of oven for 45 minutes. Carefully remove from oven, and carefully uncover pan, watching that the steam does not burn you. Separate chicken pieces from each other, and pour a little sauce over each piece. Replace cover, and bake for another 30 minutes. For last time, carefully remove cover again, this time leaving it off for good, spoon some more of the juices onto each piece of chicken, being careful that the steam does not burn you, and bake for another 30 minutes. You will be looking for a beautiful, red color (the chicken will start to look caramelized from the sugar in the pasta sauce), and that the liquid has become lesser and lesser in the bottom of your pan, which can be used to be mixed with your side dish later. Once your chicken is done, transfer chicken to a platter, and as best as you can, using a spoon, remove fat that is visible from your sauce. You can now serve your sauce with your chicken, or mix your sauce with plain pasta or rice, for a delicious side dish, or use a dipping sauce for your bread. That’s it !!!! Enjoy !!!!