Compiled Recipe – Baked Italian Chicken

Baked Italian Chicken Recipe

* 4 chicken leg quarters
* ¼ cup olive oil
* juice from half a lemon
* 1/8 cup chopped garlic
* salt and pepper (to season)
* ¼ cup vegetable oil
* 2 tbsp olive oil
* 2 tbsp chopped onions
* 1 tbsp chopped garlic
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 tsp dried oregano
* 1 tsp dried thyme
* 1 tsp dried basil
* ½ tbsp tomato paste
* 2 packs tomato sauce (250-gram packs)
* ½ tbsp brown sugar
* 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
* ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
* 1/8 cup fresh basil leaves, torn roughly
* 1/8 cup fresh oregano

1) Pat dry chicken with paper towels and place in a bowl. Add olive oil, lemon, juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well and marinate in refrigerator, covered, for at least 1 hour or overnight.

2) Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Sear chicken on all sides, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Place on a baking pan and set aside. Pre-heat oven to 350˚F.

3) Make the tomato sauce: Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onions, garlic and dried herbs. Add tomato paste and sauté until cooked. Add tomato sauce and brown sugar; mix well. If sauce is too thick, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Bring to a boil; adjust seasoning if needed.

4) Pour tomato sauce over chicken and bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

5) During the last 5 to 10 minutes of baking, top chicken with cheeses, basil and oregano. Return to the oven and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

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