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Chicken with Parmesan Grits and Tomatoes


Cheesy grits and sweet grape tomatoes enliven skillet-cooked chicken in this no-fuss meal.

  • Servings: 1

Photography: Marcus Nilsson

Source: Everyday Food, October 2011


  • 1 large boneless, skin-on chicken thigh (5 ounces)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup instant grits
  • 1/2 ounce Parmesan, finely grated (2 tablespoons)
  • Roughly chopped fresh parsley, for serving


  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet, skin side down, and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 15 minutes (reduce heat if chicken browns too quickly). Transfer to a plate and tent with foil. In skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium and add tomatoes, onion, and garlic. Cook until tomatoes are softened and onion is tender, 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small pot, bring 1 cup water to boil. Stir in grits and pinch of salt; cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until water is absorbed, about 7 minutes. Stir in Parmesan and 1/2 teaspoon oil; season with salt and pepper. To serve, top grits with chicken and vegetables and sprinkle with parsley.

Cook's Notes

You can store uncooked chicken pieces, tightly wrapped, in the freezer for up to 9 months.

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  • ratfaceandbaabaa
    26 JAN, 2015
    Flavorless. The ingredients didn't marry well. Chicken needed seasoning and the grits could have used some extra sharp cheddar in them to give them a real flavorful pop. I would recommend if you decide to try this recipe, to add a seasoned salt like Lawry's or a Cajun seasoning on the chicken. Also add extra sharp cheddar cheese to the grits. The tomatoes served no real purpose except as a visual aid. Pushed them aside. I'm not sure if I'll try again or not ---- wasn't worth the calories.