Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, in fact; maybe it is my favorite time of the year. I love looking out my back door and seeing the vast array of colors on the trees. Once the crispness in the air sets in, my cooking starts to change, we start having soups, stews, and "home cookin"! I love a good bowl of chicken and dumplings, chicken pot pie, chicken fried steak and this recipe, Chicken, Sausage, Potatoes & Peppers in the oven.
This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, RAO's Recipes From the Neighborhood, everyone in our house likes this, the little kids pick out the peppers, but other than that, it is a hit all around and OH SO EASY, Kathie, this is one I think you can do!
Chicken, Sausage, Potatoes and Peppers in the Oven
**1 (2 ½ - 3 lb) chicken, cut up
***1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casing removed and cut into bite size pieces
2 large baking potatoes peeled and cut into bite size pieces
2 large bell peppers cut into bite size pieces ( I like to use one red and one green for color)
2 small onions, cut up small enough so your kids cannot identify them
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
½ cup olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450 F.
Combine the chicken, sausage, potatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic in a roasting pan large enough to fit all in ingredients comfortably. Add the crushed tomatoes with their juice. Drizzle olive oil over the ingredients. Season with oregano, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes. The dish is done when the potatoes are tender and the chicken pulls away easily from the bone.
**I have used boneless chicken breast and although it is good, it is better with bone in chicken. Just trust me.
***I really like to use the hot Italian sausage, but if I do my kids will not eat this dish, so if you don't have picky eaters, try the hot!
The picture below is just before it went into the oven....
And this is after the meal (Hubby told me to take this picture and post it!)...