I don’t know about you, but I tend to get in a rut with chicken. Growing up in Boston, my mom often just roasted a chicken with salt, pepper and olive oil, letting the natural juices and skin provide most of the flavor. This traditional Dominican recipe is a fun way to mix things up – the meat slowly absorbs the sofrito flavor, as well as hint of lemony freshness – the perfect match for chicken.
4 chicken thighs
4 chicken legs
1 cup sofrito (you could add 2 cups if you’d like more veggies)
1 tsp sugar
vegetable oil (1-2 Tbsp)
juice of 1/2 lemon (a whole lemon if it is dry)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
3/4 cup stock or water
Add the chicken to a large bowl. Toss with sofrito…
… and lemon juice. Let marinate about 30 minutes (overnight is fine, too)
Meanwhile, stir together the stock and the tomato paste.
When ready to cook, heat some oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add sugar and the second it looks like this photo, add the chicken (reserve the sofrito-lemon marinade):
Bam! The sugar is giving the other side an amazing browned crust.
Add in the sofrito-lemon marinade.
Pour the broth mixture on top.
Give everything a stir, turn the chicken, and let simmer about an hour.
Tastes like “good.” And wow, that little bit of sugar really makes the crust scrumptious. A great tip for browning chicken – thanks to the Dominican Republic!
PS. Serve with rice and beans to make a traditional meal called “La Bandera” made up of the colors of the D.R. flag. Nom nom.