Easy Bistro Chicken
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 (6-ounce) chicken breast halves, skinned
4 chicken thighs (about 1 pound), skinned
4 chicken drumsticks (about1 pound), skinned
2 cups chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup red vinegar
1/4 cup sliced green olives
1/4 cup capers
1 tablespoon sugar
Dash of ground red pepper
2 bay leaves
1 (28-ounce) can Italian-style tomatoes, undrained and chopped
8 cups hot cooked macaroni or cavatappi
Parsley sprigs (optional)
Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breast halves to pan; sauté 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove from pan. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining chicken pieces; sauté 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in pan. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Add celery; sauté 5 minutes. Add basil and next 8 ingredients (basil through tomatoes). Return chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
Uncover and simmer 25 minutes or until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaves. Serve with pasta. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.