8.18.2013

A Fresh Market Flyer Meal: Weeknight Chicken and Rice with Tomato and Basil

Occasionally, I walk into a grocery without a list. Yeah, I live life on the edge. If I pick up a store flyer, I may be inspired to make a recipe which has ingredients on sale. That is how I found my Maple-Mustard Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples recipe.

I have found a new weeknight recipe the exact same way. The recipe was from a May 2013 Fresh Market flyer. Will loved it, and said it was a keeper. Unfortunately, I am not a food stylist, and the dish I served and photographed is rather homely. But, that is what we ate. Several of my Facebook friends wanted the recipe after I raved about it online. I kept telling them that I would put it on the blog. I just didn't know it would be almost 12-weeks later.  Even though it's not Pinterest pretty, it's big on taste, and is great for a quick weeknight meal. 



Weeknight Chicken and Rice with Tomato and Basil 

2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

6 boneless chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
1 sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/3 cup of Primal Roots White Blend (Fusion of Viognier, French Colombard, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer)
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1 jar Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
White or Brown Rice, cooked according to package directions

Heat olive in deep skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Season chicken thighs to taste with salt and pepper and sear for 2 -3 minutes on each side. Remove chicken to plate and set aside. Reduce heat to medium, add onion and garlic and saute 3-5 minutes or until tender. Remove pan from heat and add wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Allow wine to simmer and reduce by half, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1 jar of pasta sauce and return chicken to pan.  Allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice. Top with feta cheese crumbles.

*This recipe was adpated from a Fresh Market flyer, and the grocer recommended specific brands. I used whatever brands I wanted to use, aside from the wine.  I did use organic chicken thighs from Fresh Market. The Primal Roots White Blend has a honeysuckle, peach, and apricot sweet taste. I had it with dinner, and would buy it again. $8.99 a bottle at Fresh Market. 

PS. It's also fun to drink the wine while you are cooking. 

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