An easy one-pot alternative Thanksgiving meal

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The holidays are quickly approaching and celebration plans are ongoing; however, not everyone will be celebrating with their family. For students who are not going home, preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal may be difficult. Luckily, all hope is not lost! The recipe below makes for a delicious alternative meal sure to fill bellies and warm souls. Have fun cooking and enjoy!


Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives and Potatoes

Total cooking time:

Servings: 3-4



6-8 chicken thighs (with skin and bones)

Salt and pepper to taste (additional seasoning optional)

3 tablespoons olive oil

5 cloves garlic, sliced or minced

1/2 large white onion, sliced

1 cup baby carrots

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

1 teaspoon rosemary

1/2 cup dry white wine (Fish Eye Pinot Grigio at Rouses for $3.78!)

1/2 cup pitted green olives, plus 1/4 cup brine from the jar

6 small red-skinned new potatoes, quartered



Season the chicken as much as you like with salt and pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven, pot or sauté pan over high heat and add the olive oil. Add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Let the pan cool for a few minutes, then reduce the heat to medium high. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in the onion, carrots, tomato paste, sage and rosemary. Cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, until the vegetables are slightly softened, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the wine, olives, brine and potatoes to the pot. Nestle the chicken in the mixture. Bring to a boil, then add 1 1/2 cups water and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low, then cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender, about 20-25 minutes. Optional: Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Based on a recipe from Food Network Magazine. Modifications made based on my cooking experience from making this meal.

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