Pollo Asado con Aceitunas (Baked Chicken with Olives)

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on August 29, 2018.

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Ingredients:

Pollo Asado con Aceitunas (Baked Chicken with Olives)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (7-ounce) packages Portuguese sausage, sliced into small pieces
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into pieces
  • 1 (4-ounce) can mushroom pieces and stems, drained well
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce drained weight) can pitted olives, drained well
  • 4 teaspoons dried sweet basil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

In a large saute pan, heat oil; add sausage and brown. Remove and place in a baking pan. Brown chicken on both sides in the same oil and arrange alternately in the baking pan with the sausages. Add in mushrooms.

In the same oil, add tomato sauce, olives, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook well together for about 5 minutes, making a sofrito. Pour this entire sauce over the chicken and sausage.

Heat oven to 400°F and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Serves 8.

Note: Sofrito is an aromatic mix of herbs and spices and is used as a base flavoring and seasoning to Latin cuisine.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving:
440 calories, 27 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 195 mg cholesterol, 1250 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 41 g protein

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