Monday, June 23, 2008

Chicken Fra Diavolo

We've eaten Fra Diavolo in restaurants, both chicken and seafood. We both really like it so I've been on the lookout for a good recipe we could try at home. "Fra Diavolo" means Brother Devil. This dish receives it's name due to the heavy use of red pepper flakes in a tomato sauce.

I was watching Food Network and saw Giada De Laurentiis make Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Lemon Spaghetti. I just knew this would be a dish I would have to make soon. I didn't have any shrimp on hand but since we've had this as a chicken dish in restaurants, this would be how I make my dish.

Chicken Fra Diavolo

1 pound large chicken breasts, cubed in 1 inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt, plus additional as needed
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste!)
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons
1 medium onion, sliced
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 cup dry white wine
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
3 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
3 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves

Toss the chicken in a medium bowl with 1 teaspoon of salt and red pepper flakes. Heat the 3 tablespoons oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and saute for about a minute, toss, and continue cooking until just cooked through, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a large plate; set aside. Add the onion to the same skillet, adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the pan, if necessary, and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices, wine, garlic, and oregano. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the tomato mixture; toss to coat, and cook for about a minute so the flavors meld together. Stir in the parsley and basil. Season with more salt, to taste, and serve.


Jen said...

I like that this is pretty basic ingredients that are you think it would be too spicy for The Boy?

Michelle said...

it might be as written, but you can adjust it. Maybe put in half and then you can add more at the table. It's really good and simple. The lemon spaghetti is very good with it.