Tender and crisp chicken legs with sweet tomatoes

For BUX lunch I made one batch with the cannellini beans and the other with new potatoes. Both got the thumbs up. The chicken legs were less crisp then I expected but I did cover them with lots of ingredients, so they really didn’t get a chance…The meat did fall from the bone. Next time I will try to mix the sauce and chicken with some spaghetti. This next time might be very soon. Just yum! 😉

Ingredients (serves 4)

4 higher-welfare chicken legs , jointed
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 big bunch fresh basil , leaves picked, stalks finely chopped
2 big handfuls red and yellow cherry tomatoes and ripe plum tomatoes , cherry tomatoes halved, plum tomatoes quartered
1 whole bulb garlic , broken into cloves
1 fresh red chilli , finely chopped
olive oil
410 g tinned cannellini beans , drained, optional
2 handfuls new potatoes , scrubbed, optional

Method

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Season your chicken pieces all over and put them into a snug-fitting pan in one layer. Throw in all the basil leaves and stalks, then chuck in your tomatoes. Scatter the garlic cloves into the pan with the chopped chilli and drizzle over some olive oil. Mix around a bit, pushing the tomatoes underneath. Place in the oven for 1½ hours, turning the tomatoes halfway through, until the chicken skin is crisp and the meat falls off the bone.
If you fancy, you can add some drained cannellini beans or some sliced new potatoes to the pan and cook them with the chicken. Or you can serve the chicken with some simple mashed potato. Squeeze the garlic out of the skins before serving. You could even make it part of a pasta dish – remove the chicken meat from the bone and shred it, then toss into a bowl of linguini or spaghetti and serve at once.

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