About 1 hr
Hunter Chicken with Buttered Spaghetti
- 8 bone in, skin on chicken thighs
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Sprinkle of salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 small carrots, thinly sliced
- 1 medium onion, cubed
- 2 sticks celery, thinly sliced
- Handful of cherry tomatoes
- 1 tin (796 ml) diced tomatoes and the juice they are packed in
- 1 tsp salt, divided
- Pepper to taste
- 2 tsp garlic granules
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp chili flakes (optional)
- 1 lb spaghetti
- Butter, salt, & pepper for pasta
- Fresh grated Parmesan cheese to garnish
Step by Step Instructions
Heat oven to 350° and put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta.
Toss chicken in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a large cast iron pan over medium high heat. Brown chicken until crispy on both sides then remove to a plate.
Add a little more butter if needed to the pan and sauté onions until they begin to turn translucent. Add ½ tsp salt, carrots and celery to the pan and sauté until they begin to soften, and onions are beginning to brown – remove from the pan and set aside.
Add the diced tomatoes (along with the juice). Add the rest of the salt and pepper along with the rest of the seasoning. Bring to a hard boil until the sauce thickens a bit (5-7 minutes) then remove from heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery to the sauce and mix well, then nest chicken thighs into the sauce, scatter cherry tomatoes on top and pop the pan in the oven, uncovered, for 40 min.
While the chicken is in the oven, prepare the pasta to al dente. Time the pasta to be done when the chicken will be done. When the pasta is al dente drain well, then return to the pot and toss in butter, salt and pepper, and cover to keep warm until the chicken is done in the oven.
When chicken is done, share it over 4 plates. Give the sauce a good stir and top chicken with sauce. Serve the buttered spaghetti beside the chicken. There will be plenty of sauce left to top the pasta if you like (we do!!). Sprinkle each plate with a generous helping of fresh grated Parmesan cheese then sit down and enjoy the beautiful savory flavors of the amazing dinner that you just made!