Sunday, February 26, 2012

Zesty Chicken

     I found this recipe in a Real Simple magazine years ago and it has always been one of my favorite crock pot dinners.  The flavors are so unusually good and seeing as how it's made with 3 ingredients I thought it would be a great thing to try in my dutch oven.  Ridiculously easy, mix 2 cans of Petit Cut Diced Tomatoes with Jalapenos with a half a cup of creamy peanut butter, pour over the chicken and bake.  Mix the peanut butter with the tomatoes with a whisk if you can, the mixture doesn't actually emulsify until after it cooks.  In my 10 inch dutch oven I baked it with 10 coals around the base of the oven and 22 on the lid.  In my crock pot I usually cook it on low for 6-7 hours but in my dutch oven I left it alone to bake for one hour and fifteen minutes.  Don't bother relighting your coals, just let it keep simmering as the coals burn down.  I usually top it off with some chopped fresh cilantro but forgot to buy it today.  Everybody loves this dish, the chicken is so tender it falls apart with a fork.  Serve it with rice and a loaf of crusty bread to mop up the delicious sauce.

Zesty Chicken
8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 14.5 oz. cans Petite Cut Diced Tomatoes with Jalapenos, undrained
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish

     Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
     Place chicken thighs in single layer in dutch oven.
     Mix canned tomatoes with peanut butter in medium bowl until well combined.
     Pour sauce over chicken.
     Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked through.
     Garnish with fresh cilantro.
     Makes 4 servings.

Combine peanut butter with tomatoes and pour over chicken

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes

This recipe will really surprise you


  1. That just seems so darn odd. Only trying it will let me see how fantastic it is. I'll have to believe you Liddy.


  2. Try it in your crockpot Sassy if you're not up to cooking outside yet, it is a crazy combination but believe me, it is delish. Hope your recovery is coming along, Liddy

  3. What a good combination of flavors: So easy - So good!!!

    But: this recipe needs salt. Maybe your canned tomatoes are spiced - ours are not . . .

    BTW: Liddy, how can I contact you for some generally questions?

    1. I rarely add salt to a recipe, except when I'm baking so I probably wouldn't even notice if it was missing, you're probably a better judge than I am Outlaw, the peanut butter adds a little. Sorry but I don't have enough hours in the day right now to answer emails, probably best to contact me through the comments, thanks for your feedback, Liddy