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Old Fashioned Chicken

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Old Fashioned Chicken
45 Min

Old Fashioned Chicken is a dish that takes us back to Mom's kitchen, without all the fuss of preparing it like she did. It's a great-tasting chicken dish that doesn't take much tending.

What You'll Need:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken thighs or drumsticks (about 8 pieces)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (14-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained (See Note)
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans whole potatoes, drained and cut in half
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
What To Do:
  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, heat oil. Sprinkle salt over chicken and cook 10 minutes, or until browned on each side, turning halfway through cooking.
  2. Add onion and saute about 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients to chicken; mix well.
  3. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes, or until chicken is tender and cooked through.
  • You can use any type of white bean here in place of the cannellini know, pinto beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), or black-eyed peas.

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I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and small Yukon gold potatoes in this dish and it turned out very good. I browned the chicken in a skillet with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper in the morning, then added everything to my crock pot. The tarragon and tomatoes add such great flavor to the chicken and potatoes. I used garbanzo beans since I didn't have any cannellini beans on hand, and they were great.

Can I use boneless chicken breast instead of thighs?

Yes, boneless chicken breasts can be used, but you'll have to cook the sauce mixture first without the chicken. Then, brown the chicken for 5 minutes and add to the sauce during the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking. Enjoy!

Do you not like dark meat? It really is more flavorful and tender. You can get boneless, skinless thighs, too. Maybe you could use both white and dark meat, so you and whoever might be eating this with you can try both.

this was really good even after my mistakes in measuring

my favorite place for recipes!! How can I do this in a slow cooker? (Please and Thanks!!)

Hello! - We're so happy to hear that you love our recipes. :) To make this in a slow cooker, just follow the directions for the pot, but cook on low heat for 7 to 8 hours (or on high heat for 3 to 4 hours), or until no longer pink. Enjoy!

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Will try soon. Can regular potatoes be used in place of can ones?

I just boil the potatoes before adding them at the end since canned ones are precooked I have used regular potatoes in this but h just had to have them precooked first

Mr.Food, all your recipes are amazing ! I cooked a lot of your recipes and all my friends wants the recipe.

I would use regular potatoes. I think canned potatoes taste odd. You can boil potatoes first and add them in at the end, or cut them up and put them in the beginning with the chicken. You can vary the size of your potato chunks, so some are softer and some are firmer. that way, if you cook it too long, all your potatoes won't be mush! lol


these recipes are so yummy

I don't have Tarragon. Is it similar to Thyme? Is there another spice I can use in it's place?

Tarragon has its own unique flavor so I don't know that I'd substitute another spice for it. You can get it at just about any grocery store, in the regular spice aisle

I tried this recipe last nite and all the family members loved it. They want me to try it with boneless chicken breasts next time. Will definately keep this recipe in my files.

as always not knowin what to cook for dinner;i had chicken thighs on and made old fashioned chicken one of moms from kitchen.hubby and I loved it thanks again.

This sounds great, I'll try it on my grandchildren.

I want to try a green veggie or two in this recipe. Whatta think ???

How about okra?

We apologize for the confusion regarding reserving the juice from the canned tomatoes. What we meant was that they should be undrained, so that you are using the juice in the recipe. We have re-worded it in the recipe above. Thank you for your question!

Would boneless chicken breast work?

Thank you for your question! You can use boneless chicken breasts, although I would change the cooking time. In Step 1, instead of browning the chicken 20 minutes, cook the breasts 5 mins on each side. Then continue with the remaining instructions. Enjoy!

I was wondering the same, what do you do with the reserved juice? There is no further mention of it.

We apologize for the confusion regarding reserving the juice from the canned tomatoes. What we meant was that they should be undrained, so that you are using the juice in the recipe. We have re-worded it in the recipe above. Thank you for your question!

had the same question as JVP. do you add the reserved juice from the tomatoes to the pot?

Just a quick, probably stupid question, but do you add the reserved juice from the tomatoes to the pot?

always good to hear results about recipes

pinto beans and blackeyed peas aren't white beans are they?

no pinto beans are borwn and take longer to cook

I really like this!! Have made a few times.


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