30-Minute Chicken Provençal
Chicken Provençal is a classic dish from southern France in which meaty chicken legs are stewed with tomatoes, olives, white wine, and oregano. It’s a homey dish that requires minimal effort, but it typically takes plenty of time to turn the tough legs tender.
Why This Recipe Works
In search of a shortcut that could put the classic chicken Provençal recipe on the table in 30 minutes, we gave the chicken a head start by precooking it in the microwave. After trying a variety of powers and cooking times, we found the power and time combination that gave us what we were looking for: halfway cooked chicken that cooked through in the braising liquid in about 10 minutes. For the chicken itself, we most liked boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which were packed with flavor and had a very moist texture, for our chicken Provençal recipe.