Thursday, June 20, 2013

Galletto Marinara

GALLETTO MARINARA is basically chicken in spaghetti sauce. You can use canned or jarred. Just pick a basic tomato sauce, not a meat sauce or a cheese sauce. You can fancy commercial sauce up a bit if you want to by sautéing some onions and garlic in a bit of oil, then adding the sauce and some extra basil and oregano and cooking it for five minutes or so, but you don't need to.

(adapted from a recipe in 150 Easy Classic Chicken Recipes, by Bonnie Scott)

4 chicken leg quarters (or 3 – 4 pounds chicken pieces)
1/4 c butter (1/2 stick)
Salt and pepper
1-3/4 c marinara sauce (canned is fine, homemade is better)
1/2 t dill weed
1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in 9x13 baking dish. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken pieces and place them, skin side up, in the baking dish. Bake at 450 for 30 to 40 minutes. Combine marinara sauce and dill and spoon over chicken. Sprinkle Parmesan over the sauce. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 30 minutes longer.

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