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The dead of winter is the perfect time for the comfort of hearty Italian food. This week, we'll feature recipes that will put the mamma back in your mia. This one comes from Real Simple magazine.


1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, cut into pieces

1/4 cup olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped

1 carrot, diced

1 celery stalk, diced

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 sprigs fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes

1/3 cup dry red wine

1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped


In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry with paper towels. Working in batches, lightly coat the chicken with the flour mixture, shaking off any excess.

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat. Add some of the chicken to the pan and cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; set aside. Repeat with the remaining chicken.

Add the onion to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Add the carrot, celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

Crush the tomatoes in the can with a large spoon and stir them into the vegetables along with the wine and the remaining salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Add the chicken, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes, turning the pieces occasionally. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Stir in the parsley.