Chicken Contadina

Chicken Contadina

Chicken Contadina is a healthy and affordable weeknight dinner for the whole family. Chicken legs are seared until crispy and then braised low and slow in an aromatic vegetables until tender.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Chicken Recipes, weeknight meals
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 595kcal
Author Iryna


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  • 6 chicken drumsticks* see the notes
  • 1 carrot sliced or cut into thin strips
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into thin strips
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 onion quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 8 cherry tomatoes* see the notes
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1/4 c dry white wine
  • 3/4 c chicken broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp parsley (optional) chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a medium 10-12 inch cast iron skillet and over medium heat.
  • Season chicken with 3/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and add it to a skillet.
  • Sear chicken on all sides until nice and brown, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a clean plate.
  • In the same skillet, heat the remaining 2 tbsp of oil, add onion, carrot, bell pepper, celery, garlic and rosemary and sauté stirring occasionally for 7 minutes.
  • Add wine and stir for another 5 minutes scrapping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add chicken broth, the remaining 1/4 tsp of salt, tomatoes, return chicken to a skillet and braise in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until the instant meat thermometer reads 175 F.
  • Carefully remove skillet from the oven, adjust the seasoning if necessary, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.
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You can also use chicken thighs or chicken breast. If you use the latter, I recommend cutting it into bite size pieces, brown on each side and then braise with vegetables for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F.
Instead of Cherry Tomatoes, you can also use Grape Tomatoes or regular size tomatoes. If you choose regular tomatoes, use 2 and chop them into smaller pieces.
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--- Nutritional Information Should Be Considered An Estimate ---

Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.9g | Protein: 39.2g | Fat: 41.8g | Saturated Fat: 9.4g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 919mg | Potassium: 772mg | Fiber: 4.8g | Sugar: 9.8g | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3.2mg