Baked Chicken With Peppers
Slow-braised chicken with peppers and onions is a soul food staple. This version, from Bertha's Kitchen, is seasoned with plenty of paprika. This recipe first appeared in our May 2011 issue, with the article Specialty of the House.
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8 whole chicken legs
Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and paprika, to taste
1/4 cup canola oil
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 large green bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/2″-thick strips
2 large yellow onions, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2″-thick slices
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 cup chicken stock
Heat oven to 400°. Season chicken liberally with salt, pepper, and paprika. Heat oil in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add chicken, skin side down, and cook until skin is golden brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer chicken to a large roasting pan, skin side up, and set aside. Return pan to heat and add garlic, peppers, and onions; cook, stirring, until vegetables begin to soften, about 8 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, cook for 1 minute, and then add chicken stock; scrape browned bits off bottom of pan and mix. Pour vegetables and stock around chicken, and bake until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 1 hour.