Braised Mediterranean Chicken with Polenta
Polenta should be thick but fluid. It will thicken more as it stands, so if you'd like to make it in advance, thin it with a bit of water before serving.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 pounds total)
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved if large
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 3 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Working in two batches, cook chicken until browned on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat and return pot to heat.
Add garlic, tomatoes, and oregano; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine and cook, scraping up browned bits, until almost evaporated, about 1 minute. Add broth; return chicken, skin side up, to pot. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 15 minutes. Add zucchini; season with salt and pepper. Cover; simmer until chicken is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine 4 1/2 cups water, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil. Whisking constantly, slowly add cornmeal. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, whisking frequently, until polenta has thickened, 20 to 25 minutes; whisk in butter. Serve chicken and vegetables over polenta.