I know I haven’t been here as often as I should. Only 6 whopping recipes in March! Not good. Not good at all. The thing is, I do cook a lot. My ever-expanding girth can attest to how I cook more often than I should. So why are my posts sporadic? My excuse—>my photography sucks. A lot of times, I have to repeat many of the dishes I cooked over and over, not because the recipes do not work but because I couldn’t for the life of me capture the money shot. You should see my USB, it is chock full of good old food that never made it on the site because I couldn’t adequately translate their deliciousness to pictures. Here is a perfect example: I prepared this Tuscan chicken for dinner yesterday but I wasn’t satisfied with the photos. I mean, seriously, how can you make stew look good? Food stylists and food photographers out there, haaalp!
I was going to scrap and bury this dish deep in my reject photo file but I thought, what the heck! This Tuscan chicken is great food. It’s hearty, it’s flavorful, it’s delicious. It’s an injustice to keep it from you. Enjoy!
- ½ pound bacon, chopped
- 1 small onion, peeled and minced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 (3 pounds) whole chicken, cut into serving pieces
- 1 (14 ounces) can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
- ¼ cup white wine
- 1 cup water
- ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 (15 ounces) can cannellini or white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, shredded
- In a wide skillet over medium heat, add bacon and cook, stirring regularly, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until they begin to release fat. Add onions and garlic and cook until limp. Drain some of the fat leaving about 1 tablespoon.
- Add chicken and cook, stirring regularly, for about 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Add diced tomatoes, white wine, water and Italian seasoning. Add tomato paste and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat, cover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
- Add beans and cook until heated through. Add spinach and cook until just wilted. Top with parmesan cheese. Serve hot.