Friday, September 18, 2009

Chicken and Roasted Tomatoes

I guess I'm having a "food" week... I've been posting mostly recipes this week! :) This dinner was inspired by a half-dozen tomatoes that I didn't know what to do with. My father-in-law is always bringing us food when he comes to visit us, and most of the time he brings too much! It is very sweet of him, I know. But, this week I had six tomatoes, and no idea what to do with them... as they were continuing to ripen on my counter. There wasn't quite enough tomatoes for a soup, plus I didn't have tomato paste. So, I searched online and found a delicious recipe from Ina Garten from Food Network. Mmmm... roasted tomatoes. My hubby was a little annoyed that the roasting was a little "smoky" from the oil, etc. But, they tasted so good, so I think he forgave me. ;) I was actually thinking of making a chicken cacciatore, but most of the recipes I found called for a big can of tomatoes, and that just wasn't going to work for me... So, after I borrowed Ina's roasted tomato recipe, I did my own thing with them. The tomatoes are so good just by themselves. Roasting them with the oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic really gives them a whole new flavor, and they were delicious mixed with the chicken and pasta. This meal is actually two recipes, combined later. You can serve the chicken and tomatoes over pasta or rice, or just eat them plain! Ina's recipe called for 12 tomatoes, but since I just had 6, I halved the recipe. Enjoy!

Serves 2 to 3


6 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, cores and seeds removed
2 tbsp good olive oil
3/4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Arrange the tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut sides up, in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle the garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper over the tomatoes. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tomatoes are concentrated and beginning to caramelize. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Note: I didn't roast my tomatoes all the way, since I knew I was going to be cooking them further along with the chicken. But, they were still delicious!

My Easy Chicken Recipe with the addition of Ina's tomatoes:


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp dried Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp low-sodium chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook chicken in skillet for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place chicken on a separate plate. Return skillet to heat, add garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until slightly browned. In the meantime, cut chicken and roasted tomatoes into big chunks or cubes. Return chicken to skillet, cooking until no longer pink. Add broth, Italian seasoning, and tomatoes, and cook another 1 to 2 minutes or until all flavors are combined.



Sara E said...

it looks yummy yum! I'm not cooking dinner Fri night since I have a girl's happy hour........but maybe Saturday will be a pasta night

Kimi said...

Hi ! Found you through SITS. The dinner looks very yummy! I printed off the recipe. Thanks!

Krimmyk said...

That looks yummy even at 8am!

Victory said...


Lisa Anne said...

This looks so good. I'd make it for dinner tonight but I don't think I'm going to be awake to make dinner. I'm exhausted!

Night Owl Mama said...

MMmmm now that is something I could make YUmmy Stoping by from the sits to say Hello

Mommy Bear said...

Oh my goodness. That looks so yummy!

April Belle said...

How did you know I wanted pasta tonight - and tomatoes! This recipe looks fabulous. Can't wait to give it a try...

Anonymous said...


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Widge said...

Hi I just found you through SITS. That food looks so yummy!!!! coming back to follow that recipe and try for myself1 thanks for sharing

Reviewer11 said...

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Sarah Brown said...

YUMMY!!!! I will try this one=)
Happy Sat. Sharefest.

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Scary Mommy said...

Ohhhh, that looks delicious. I am literally salivating over here!

Courtney said...

That looks sooo yummy!!! I have one of Ina Garten's cookbooks as well and it has the most incredible recipe for lobster pot pie! Thanks for sharing this great one :)

Happy Saturday Sharefest!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm tomatoes!

Flory said...

Great recipes! I love Barefoot Contessa.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Anonymous said...

Looks so delicious! I love pasta! I also love like you when I can find things of plenty in my panty to make a recipe out of. Great idea! Happy Weekend!!

Melissa B. said...

My tummy's ready to rumble...thanks for the recipe!

Drahdrah said...

Stopping by from SITS. I have people bringing food over all the time too, and do my best to not throw anything out. The roasted tomatoes sound delicious. I think I'll try this recipe. Thanks !