Friday, July 2, 2010

Braised Chicken & Kale Sandwich (or, the Sloppy Chickwich)

Hahaha sloppy chickwich. This is another example of how easy, cheap and versatile braised chicken legs are.

1/2 t oil
1 red onion, quartered and sliced 1/4" thick
1/2 head garlic, peeled & sliced
4 whole chicken legs (or 8 each drumsticks/thighs), meat scored with a knife so heat can penetrate and cook it faster
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 bu lacinato kale (also called "dinosaur" kale because of its cool bumpy texture)
salt & pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat, then add the onion and garlic and saute 5-6 minutes. Remove to a baking dish and heat the pan again, over high heat.
3. Brown the chicken in the hot pan until well browned and remove to the baking dish. Add the tomato sauce and season everything with salt and pepper. Cover the dish and start to braise for an hour to 90 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, heat the saute pan again over medium heat. There should be plenty of rendered chicken fat in the pan in which to cook the kale. So saute it in the delicious fat for 5 minutes, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside to wait for the chicken.
5. When the chicken's done, let it cool for a little bit so you don't kill yourself doing the following:
6. Pull the meat off the bones (the bones can still be used for stock), toss with the tomato sauce and kale, and use the mixture to fill sandwiches or wraps.

You could totally just eat this over rice or pasta, too.

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