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Tomato Broccoli Chicken

italianchickenThe other day I was craving lasagna. In the past I have made it grain free by substituting zucchini or cabbage for the noodle layers. I wanted the same flavors a little easier and faster than prepping and constructing a casserole. The cheese and tomato sauce and chicken really hit the spot. The leftovers were even better!

Tomato Broccoli Chicken

8 chicken thighs, bone in (skin optional)
2 cups tomato sauce
4 cups diced tomatoes with juices
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4 cup finely minced white onion
1 teaspoon sea salt
4 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups grated colby jack cheese
Sea salt and and ground black pepper to taste

In a medium pot over medium heat combine the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, parsley, basil, oregano, garlic and salt. When sauce begins to boil turn temperature down to low. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, then remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 9×13 inch baking dish pour a thin layer of sauce. Generously salt and pepper all sides of the chicken and place, skin side up, in the pan. Arrange the broccoli florets in between the chicken thighs. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top of the chicken and broccoli.

Pour the rest of the sauce over the chicken and broccoli, leaving some room at the top of the pan for cheese and bubbling. Sprinkle the colby jack cheese evenly on top of the sauce. Place on middle rack of the oven and bake for 45 minutes, until chicken is cooked through (at least 165 degrees).

Remove from oven, let rest for ten minutes before serving.

 

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