Sunday, March 6, 2011

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Green Pea and Garlic Sauce



I've heard that it's important to eat a lot of colors. Red, orange, purple, yellow and especially green food. Color means nutrients, which I'm convinced is why I'm so attracted to chocolate glazed donuts covered in pretty rainbow sprinkles!

Seriously though, I love colorful food. Not only is it pretty, but I know that I'm filling my body with things that will increase my immunity, fortify my blood, bones and muscles, and just make me feel better overall. And there's nothing hard about it when it comes in the form of a sweet creamy puree to slather on a meaty, tender chicken thigh. Not only is this crazy delicious, it's also a snap to make, and requires very few steps. We all loved this meal, including my pea-hatin' hubby. You've got to give this a try!


Roasted Chicken Thighs with Green Pea and Garlic Sauce
Adapted from America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook

Ingredients

6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided (I used a garlic infused olive oil for an extra kick)
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup frozen peas
salt and pepper

Directions

1. Heat oven to 400. Arrange chicken thighs in a 9x13 inch casserole pan. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast chicken thighs for 20 minutes, or until cooked through and juices run clear.

2. While chicken cooks, heat remaining oil in a small saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add the shallot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in the broth and wine and bring to a boil. Stir in the peas and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until completely smooth, about 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Serves 6

Per Serving (1/4 cup sauce, not including chicken): 70cal, 2.5gfat, 7g carb, 2g prot, 2g fiber

30 comments:

Liz said...

I bet this was delicious! It is an easy guide to try and eat all sorts of colors!

dinnersanddreams.net said...

My daughter loves chicken thighs and I think she would appreciate this dish. The accompanying sauce looks delicious.


Nisrine

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow love this and love the post about color thats the theme for National Nutrition month :-)

Alissa said...

Those pictures look AWESOME! So colorful! I love it! Sounds so refreshing and delicious! YUM!

Erica said...

What a pretty dish! The bright green color never puts me off (I love split pea soup)- I bet the flavor is AWESOME!

Itzy came from my aol screen name growing up that turned into a nickname because I was always tiny (aka Itzybitzy :))

The Blonde Duck said...

LOVE this! I love chicken thieghs and roasted garlic anything!

Gloria said...

Look delicious! gloria

Ioana said...

That looks sooo good! I have to try it! Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

That looks yummy, I am not an adventurous eater, but I could do this!

jor johnson said...

Just in time for St. Patricks day! :) My boys love peas so they should like this. Do you think it would be good with just chicken breast?? I bought a bad batch of thigh meat once and still haven't been able to touch them raw.

What else did you serve it with...the whole plate looks so yummy!

Val said...

I can't even contain my drool over this dish!!

Natalie said...

YUM! this is so nice and bright too! :)

Pam said...

I love the color of the sauce. the whole meal looks healthy and deilciious.

Natasha Green ★ said...

I bet this was mega tasty, chicken are so tasty! Follow me back on http://theramblesandshamblesblog.blogspot.com

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) said...

You have such a beautiful blog and I'm so glad to have found it! This meal looks absolutely delicious, and I love collecting new ideas for dinner whenever I can. Thanks for this! I'm looking forward to exploring your recipes and seeing more! :)

Mary said...

The meal looks delicious and the color of the sauce is stunning. I'll wager this tastes as good as it looks. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

girlichef said...

tee hee :D This sounds delicious...I know we'd love it. I mean, anything with garlic in the title already has major points in my book.

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Kim said...

Now that is one colorful plate of food! You have definitely been inspiring me to eat healthier lately. You're making so many great choices with your recipes. This is a fun recipe and I love the idea of a pea and garlic sauce. Gorgeous!

teresa said...

jor, chicken breast would work great, you just might need to cook it a bit longer.

i served this with smashed sweet potatoes and zucchini. i'm going to post the potato recipe soon.

Debbie said...

Looks delicious to me! Colorful food is very appetizing too. It also doesn't hurt at all when a recipe calls for some wine in it!

paigetheblogger.com said...

looks good!

i just found your blog & i am enjoying reading through your posts.

i was hoping you'd do a pancake day or mardi gras post

i did both on my blog - please feel free to cechk it out

Joanne said...

So rainbow sprinkles count as eating the rainbow, huh? I like that theory. I'm going with it.

This meal looks amazing! All of the colors are definitely appealing.

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy Wednesday!

Burp and Slurp~! said...

That sauce looks like baby food...freaking beautiful baby food. I love the popping colors here...you did good to choose a blue plate, too!

theUngourmet said...

I am loving this green pea and garlic sauce! I love peas...I love garlic...I love this meal! ;)

Indie.Tea said...

Yum! The boy loves roasted chicken thighs, and this is a nice variation on the dish.

Barbara said...

Is that sweet potato I see on the other side of the plate? Love 'em!
Great recipe, Teresa. I've been making an smashed pea recipe that I posted a while back, but will try your garlic version. Peas lend such a marvelous color to the plate! I like my food to look as pretty as your plate does.

Barbara Bakes said...

What a gorgeous meal. I have that cookbook, I really should spend more time cooking from it. It's hard not to be attracted to chocolate glazed donuts with or without sprinkles.

mybizzykitchen.com said...

I am definitely going to try your pea puree - it reminds me of an episode of Top Chef where a contestant couldn't find his pea puree and suddenly another contestant has it on his plate - and it was declared the best part of their dish!

Thanks Teresa!