If you like crockpot meals – this is like one with a “participation award.” We are going to have to cook a bit before we “set it and forget it.” Nothing too intense – just browning some meat and caramelizing veggies – my apologies if that sounds a lot like cooking, but its worth it! This is something even the kids will enjoy.
We are going to be using a Duch Oven for this meal. I call it “Double Oven Chicken,” because we use a Dutch Oven inside a conventional oven. I know! I’m witty.
This is the “Pepper” version. We are going to be using Shishito Peppers and red Bell Peppers. Shishito Peppers are like small Poblano peppers – in terms of heat (doesn’t really translate much to this dish). We got mounds of them from the local farmers market for a few dollars, so I’ve been “putting that (beep) on everything.”
Double Oven Chicken:
Chicken thighs (room temp)
Red Bell Pepper (I just don’t like green)
Garlic Powder (or minced)
Quick Tip – Get yourself a Stainless Steel Ice cube tray to store bacon grease. It separates it into usable servings; and makes everything delicious. Just don’t put it in the freezer – IMPORTANT
Start with a cube of bacon grease and butter (or a handful of diced bacon) – let it melt and/or render down without burning. Add your peppers and onions. Lets let that get translucent before adding the garlic – minced or otherwise.
Add a healthy amount of seasonings listed above.
Push the veggies aside and place the chicken thighs in skin down. Scoop all the veggies to the top of the chicken. Once the chicken has browned – DON’T PEEK – or has been cooking for about 4-5 minutes on high heat, add chicken stock to the pot to submerge the chicken half way. Add the diced tomatoes to the top.
Add more seasoning to taste. My theory is, if you add more food to the pot, you need more seasoning – now is a good time to check.
While the dish is coming up to a boil preheat the oven to 375 deg. I like to do it this way to ensure all the flavors settle into the stock before o place everything into the oven.
Place the Dutch Oven into the oven. Let cook for 60-70 minutes.
If you have a Rice cooker. Now is the time to start cooking your rice. Make sure you rinse the rice first. The juices from this dish go great with a bit of rice!
Check out the finished dish: