Grandma's Chicken Thighs Sauce and Peas

Thursday, July 27, 2017
I just love to make recipes that remind me of my grandmother Victoria. Her chicken thighs sauce and peas were the best!


An easy depression food back in the 1960s, now a gourmet comfort food for me.


This was one of my dad's favorites when his mom made this dish.


After she passed away in 1976, my dad learned how to make this and it was almost perfect.


He managed to duplicate the exact flavors of her peas and chicken meal.


I loved watching him trying to recreate recipes of hers and he was always spot on.


Now after he passed in 1995, and mom in 1999, I am doing my best trying to keep these same delicious traditions.


Stroll down to the bottom of the recipe card for this great vintage recipe.





This is a saucepot with chicken thighs and peas similar to a stew made on top of the stove with fresh tomato sauce







Grandma Made The Best Stews



Years ago Grandma, my dad's mom, lived with us a long while as I was growing up.


I often watched her cook and studied her ingredients.


I could remember these chicken thighs and most of the time, wings, she made them always with sauce and peas.


The taste is etched in my mind, boy the taste was superb.



This is a rich tomato sauce with peas and chicken parts in it



Ingredients You Will Need

  • chicken parts, we used wings or thighs
  • peas
  • garlic
  • salt, pepper
  • peppers
  • plum tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • olive oil




This is a saucepot with chicken thighs and peas similar to a stew made on top of the stove with fresh tomato sauce




Cooking Methods

  1. Stovetop
  2. Dutch Oven
  3. Instant Pot
  4. Slow Cooker

Note: Although this recipe was only made on the stovetop, through modern technology I have tried every method of cooking, cast iron on the stovetop is still my first choice.



This is a saucepot with chicken thighs and peas similar to a stew made on top of the stove with fresh tomato sauce




Tips




  • Use bone-in chicken parts
  • Cook low and slow
  • Always use fresh ingredients for herbs
  • Fresh plum tomatoes make a big difference in flavor
  • Use leftover sauce and debone the chicken for another meal
  • Brown the chicken first
  • Cast iron skillets and saucepans were used back in the 1960s
  • Always serve with hard-crusted Italian bread



Sauteed chicken parts legs and thighs in a non stick fry pan



Here are more favorite recipes like this one:




Chicken Chickpeas in Sauce over pasta
Chicken Chili Cannelini 
Rosemary Chicken
Italian baked Chicken
Italian Cacciatore

A big pot of sauce, chicken thighs, chicken legs and peas.






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Old Fashioned Recipes:



This recipe is over 100 years old and even though Grandma passed on in 1976, I still make this in her memory and it remains a family favorite.


We have many economical meals to stretch your budget, vintage, delicious and easy to make so check out my One Pan Meal recipes also.







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Yield: 6
This is a saucepot with chicken thighs and peas similar to a stew made on top of the stove with fresh tomato sauce

Grandma's Chicken Thighs Sauce and Peas

prep time: 15 min cook time: 1 hour and 15 mins total time: 1 hour and 30 mins
This is a stew type of dish made on the stove top. Chicken thighs and peas were Grandma's specialty during the depression days when money was tight, this was an economical dish to serve.

ingredients:

  • 2 bell peppers cut in strips (optional)
  • 2 cans peas or 2 cups fresh peas
  • 12 fresh plum tomatoes crushed or use 1 large 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 cup white or red wine
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 to 12 fresh bone-in chicken thighs, wings or legs
  • 1 fresh basil leaf
  • Optional additions: 1 small sliced onion, 16 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms, finger carrots, cubed potatoes, zucchini cubed, green beans, cubed eggplant, chopped celery

instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, saute the chicken in 4 tablespoons of olive oil till golden brown on each side around 15 minutes for both sides. 
  2. Add the garlic and saute a few minutes then the tomato paste. Add the peas, peppers (if using) then tomatoes, wine, spices, herbs and onions, mushrooms if using to the pot. 
  3. Simmer on low at least 1 hour or more, till sauce thickens and stirring occasionally. 
  4. Serve with fresh Italian Crusty Bread to sop up the great sauce!
  5. Note: if you are in a hurry, fry the chicken till browned, then dump everything into a slow cooker or instant pot on low for around 6 to 8 hours. Modern-day version, not grandma's time period or available back then. If you like this can be served over pasta or rice.
calories
325
fat (grams)
18
sat. fat (grams)
9
carbs (grams)
11
net carbs
9
protein (grams)
13
sugar (grams)
4
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Try my other favorite Chicken Recipes:



Slow Cooker Cacciatore


Parmesan Crusted Thighs with Peppers



This is a saucepot with chicken thighs and peas similar to a stew made on top of the stove with fresh tomato sauce





8 comments

  1. Boy, this sounds scrumptious! And such nice memories come with it!!!

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  2. Yum! Sounds good, Bill would love it!!!

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  3. I just love dishes like this with a good Italian bread to dip in the sauce. xoxo Catherine

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  4. I love simple hearty dishes like this! Can’t wait to try this for dinner tomorrow!

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  5. A perfect chicken dinner! Saving for next time I am making chicken, thank you for the recipe.

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  6. This recipe looks absolutely delicious and it’s the type of recipe I love to make. You mentioned different methods of cooking it. I am a bit curious as to those other methods. Thank you.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us. I love recipes that are passed down from family. They're always the best when made with love.

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