So the other day I Googled “Explain Twitter to me” and the amount of information explaining Twitter is almost as confusing as Twitter itself. I figured it was high time I joined the rest of the World in the 21st Century, because apparently everyone and their mother (well, at least my Mother and, even more embarrassing, my Grandfather) are on Twitter.
Mastering the Twitterverse (can you say that?!) is one of my goals for 2014. I’m sure you are all rolling your eyes out there but this is a serious issue. I’ve thought about creating an account numerous times but I feel overwhelmed when I see the hashtags, which I still want to call “pound symbols”, and @’s.
The whole site may as well be written in Wingdings.
But all those articles “explaining Twitter” just made my head ache and my stomach rumble for something not complex yet comforting. Tomato Chicken Bake to the rescue! I have been making some variation of this dish for over two years. It is still one of my Husband’s favorites.
Essentially it’s rosemary chicken that I sear and then bake in a homemade tomato sauce. You can make it all in the same pan! That’s right – sauce and chicken all in the same pan!
It’s healthy, hearty and, when served with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, it’s about as comforting as it gets.
If you’ve been around AHC, then you know how deep my obsession with cast iron skillets runs, but this Tomato Chicken Bake is one exception to my cast iron rule. After you brown the chicken and sauté the vegetables, I deglaze the pan with a dry white wine to help quickly build layers of flavors in the sauce. But! One should NEVER deglaze a cast iron skillet. Apparently this is a huge no-no, and the dish can take on a metallic taste. Umm eww. So I make this in a large stainless, oven-proof pan or Dutch oven (pictured) and you should too!
The combination of searing the chicken and then baking it locks in the moisture. It will produce tender, juicy chicken breasts every single time.