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I had one of the best meals of my life, while on a wine-tasting trip with my father in Paso Robles, California, at a small restaurant called the 10th St. Basque Cafe. They only offer one seating meal to everyone in the restaurant. But it's a many course affair with some absolutely amazing food. Upon recommendation from another CookEatShare chef, I recently picked up "The Basque Table" by Teresa Barrenechea. This is the first dish that I've adapted from that book. We did a few things slightly differently, but kept to the theme. I thought this was just delicous, both the night of and as leftovers. The tomato, red bell pepper, and onion combine to make such a sweet, carmelized, pungent sauce that I guarantee you will end up swabbing up every last drop. It's comfort food, but memorable comfort food for sure!

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Servings: 4-6


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  • 3 1/2 pounds chicken pieces (I used thighs)
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, cut into strips
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into strips
  • 2 (15.5) ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 11/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. SprinkIe the chicken generously with the kosher or sea salt. Keep the chicken in the refrigerator or another cool place while you cook the vegetables.
  2. In a skillet, heat 1/2 of the olive oil (6 Tbsp) over medium heat. Cook the garlic for 1 to 2 minutes, until it turns golden brown. Add the onion, and saute it for about 10 minutes, until it is softened. Add the red peppers and tomatoes, mix well, and season with salt and sugar. Cook, stirring, for about 15 minutes.
  3. In a deep skillet or stockpot, heat the remaining 6 tablespoons olive oil over high heat. Add the chicken, and cook it for 10 to 15 minutes, turning it, until it is lightly browned on all sides . Add the pepper-tomato mixture and the wine, and mix well. Reduce the heat to medium, partially cover the pot, and cook for about 45 minutes, until the sauce thickens and the
  4. chicken is cooked through.
  5. Gently stir in the lemon juice, and cook 5 minutes more. Serve the chicken with sauce over it and garnished with parsley. Accompany with a grain like rice, couscous, or bulgar, with boiled or roasted potatoes with parsley, or with your favorite artisan bread.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 459g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 1040  
Calories from Fat 726 70%
Total Fat 81.34g 102%
Saturated Fat 17.25g 69%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 202mg 67%
Sodium 488mg 20%
Potassium 733mg 21%
Total Carbs 13.9g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1.6g 5%
Sugars 9.51g 6%
Protein 51.2g 82%



  • Nancy Miyasaki
    March 12, 2012
    I really enjoyed the simple, rustic flavor of this chicken. It's somewhat reminiscent of chicken cacciatore, but it has it's own unique charm.
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • Bob Vincent
      March 13, 2012
      Hi John:
      I have checked out "The Basque Table" from our local library on more than one occasion. I have prepared the Basque Chicken and it is tasty. In addition to chopped parsley I added toasted chopped almonds reminiscent to a Spanish Romesco sauce as additonal garnish. I love these tried and true cook books that remain timeless; as this book was published in 1998. If you enjoy this type of Spanish rustic home cooking you might also like "La Cocina De Mama" by Penelope Casas published in 2005. Thanks for sharing!
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      1 reply
      • John Spottiswood
        March 19, 2012
        Thanks for the helpful review and recommendation Bob! I like the idea of toasted almonds. That would have gone well.
      • suz
        March 14, 2012
        Hi John, i just made it and it is a 5 star at the least. I loved it thank you. It reminded me of a great meal i had in Temecula callifornia. thank you i will made it again.
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
        1 reply
        • John Spottiswood
          March 19, 2012
          Glad you liked it Suz! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review.
        • Anita
          March 23, 2012
          The recipe is very good
          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
          • Kathy
            July 27, 2012
            Sounds wonderful! I am trying this


            • Pauline Pate
              March 19, 2012
              I will put this in my try later box. I looks really good.Pauline
              1 reply
            • Ralph Simmons
              March 16, 2012
              Hi John,

              Glad to see you trying "The Basque Table". I have to say that your recipe looks better than what I've had in the Basque country. It's beautifully plated. Most of the time Basque chicken looks like a chicken stew and though the taste is good I like my plates to be beautiful to look at whenever possible. I'll give your recipe a try as soon as I can.
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              • John Spottiswood
                March 19, 2012
                Thanks for recommending the book, Ralph. More to come!
              • Karen E. Taylor
                March 14, 2012
                Hello John, Karen here, looking forward to trying this recipe, will let you know when I make - off to Vegas now, take care.
                1 reply
                • John Spottiswood
                  March 19, 2012
                  Have fun in Vegas, Karen! Hope you try it on your return.

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