Recipe courtesy of Tanya Holland

Yassa Chicken with Stewed Tomatoes

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  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 (3 to 3 1/2) pound chicken (cut into 8 pieces)

1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onions

6 cloves garlic, halved

1 cup celery ribs, thinly sliced

1 cup carrots, thinly sliced

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Freshly ground black pepper

1 fresh hot chile pepper (habenero), quartered

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups chicken stock

1 lime, zested

Salt and freshly ground white pepper

2 cups carrots, julienned

2 cups leeks, julienned

1 cup water

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Stewed tomatoes, recipe follows

Stewed Tomatoes:

8 ripe plum tomatoes or 4 beefsteak tomatoes, cored and scored

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup minced onion

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoons fresh thyme


  1. Place chicken in a large non-reactive bowl and add onions, garlic, sliced celery, carrots, lime juice and peppers. Let chicken marinate 3 to 5 hours in the refrigerator. Strain the chicken and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Reserve the vegetables. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat and brown chicken on both sides. Remove chicken and pour off excess fat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to Dutch oven and saute marinated vegetables until tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Deglaze with 2 cups chicken stock. Add chicken to Dutch oven and allow to cook over medium heat until chicken is tender and almost falling off the bone. Remove chicken and keep warm. Strain sauce through a fine sieve. Season sauce with lime zest, salt and white pepper. Warm chicken in sauce. Blanch carrots and leeks in 1 cup water with 1 tablespoon butter, salt and pepper. Serve with rice and stewed tomatoes.

Stewed Tomatoes:

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, immerse tomatoes for about 30 to 45 seconds, or until skin easily pulls away. Transfer tomatoes to salted ice bath. Peel and seed tomatoes, quarter, or cut into thick slices over a sieve set in a bowl to catch juices.
  2. To a small (2-quart) sauce pan, add butter, onions, tomatoes, and reserved juice. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, loosely cover pan, and simmer approximately 1 hour. Uncover pan, stirring constantly, raise heat until juices thicken, stirring so it doesn't burn and add fresh thyme leaves.
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