Chicken Drumsticks in Roasted Vegetable Sauce

This is a short cut for making a fast Chicken Cacciatore. Planning and having some emergency food items in your pantry is the best way to avoid the “What are we going to eat?” question.

Someone in the house last night was getting super hungry (he’s 12) and said “Pizza?” Uh…no silly person. Not even an option.

This. Is. Whole30!
(said with my best King Leonidas voice from the movie 300)
Here is my quick fix to make it look like a real Sunday Dinner.
Remember we were getting hungry so the pictures are not perfect. We ate this right after I slapped it on the plate and took the picture.
Here is all it took to get some food on the table.
Serves 3-4 and leftovers
   I always try to have leftovers to use for another meal. This meal will turn into a Soup and Fritatta.      I’ll show that next time.
About 12-14 chicken legs, bone in, skin on
salt and pepper
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or ghee
1 jar Simply Balanced Roasted Vegetable Pasta Sauce (from Target and so far it’s one of the only jar sauces I can find there without sugar)
Pat each chicken leg dry and sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.
Heat fat to medium high (either olive oil or ghee) in a cast iron or other heavy bottom skillet.
Brown chicken legs on each side. You will need to do this in 2 batches unless you have a massive skillet. Don’t overcrowd the pan. This will sputter and spit a little, so watch yourself that you don’t get burned. When you have browned all of the legs, place them back in the pan. Now cover with the Roasted Vegetable Sauce.
Turn the heat down to medium, cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer for about 25 minutes.
Do other things now. Like get your vegetables ready. You have time.
This is the result. It’s hearty and full of flavor in a short amount of time.


Again the pic is not perfect. But you get the idea.

We had this over a Broccoli and Cauliflower Mash. Yummy!

This looks like it simmered away all day. But it can almost be considered an emergency meal.

The leftover sauce is going to be morphed into a delicious and creamy soup with a Chicken Frittata for lunch. Since the chicken simmered away in the sauce it has a very rich flavor which makes it a great base for a soup. I’ll just plop the sauce, along with a few other ingredients into my NutriBullet Rx and in 7 minutes it will be done!
Love your leftovers. They save you time and money.

Have a Fantastic Day!