Chicken in star anise tomato sauce
Added by familyfeedbag | Wed 21 Sep 2011 @ 21:04
2 1/2 lbs chicken breast (about 4 large)
1 cup onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 1/2 lbs fresh tomatoes, chopped into 1-inch chunks
1 cup white wine vinegar
2 star anise
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1 tbsp granulated white sugar
a couple splashes of olive oil for cooking
I started by adding a splash of olive oil to a medium saucepan and a skillet and heating both over medium/high heat. To the skillet I added the chicken breasts and browned them on both sides (this took 8-10 minutes), and set them aside.
Meantime, I added the onion and garlic to the saucepan and sauteed just until soft. Then I added the tomatoes, vinegar, star anise, cayenne, and sugar and brought the mixture to a boil. The heat was reduced to a simmer and the sauce reduced, uncovered, for 15 minutes. I stirred occasionally and set my oven to 375 degrees (F).
I grabbed my largest casserole dish and filled it with the sauce, pulling out and discarding the star anise. Then the chicken breasts were nestled into the sauce and the whole thing was popped in the oven for 30 minutes.
I served this on a bed of spinach. But rice, pasta, or polenta would be nice too.