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Thrifty meal recipe using local supermarket chicken specials- Chicken Drumsticks Italiano

Chicken legs
Chicken legs

Chicken is on sale this week at several local markets! Right now, your local Food Lion, Lowe's Foods, and Harris Teeter all have chicken drumsticks, thighs, and/or leg quarters at bargain prices that really make a trip to the store worthwhile. Smart shoppers like you know that it pays huge dividends to check out the supermarket sale circulars that come out in the local paper each Sunday and Wednesday, and then taking advantage of sale items to plan your family meals. This week, thanks to bargain chicken prices at several local stores, you can prepare a delicious and economical chicken meal for your family for as little as .47 cents per pound!

So what can you do with that on-sale chicken once you get it home? Our Chicken Drumsticks Italiano recipe is just the ticket! Your family will love this Italian-inspired dinner, and your budget will love the low, low cost! Follow these links for location information on all three store chains that currently have chicken on sale.

Food Lion

Lowe's Foods

Harris Teeter

Chicken Drumsticks Italiano (serves 4)

8 chicken drumsticks or thighs (or 4 chicken leg quarters)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
¼ tsp. salt
3 medium celery stalks, sliced into 1-inch pieces
3 medium carrots, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper
1 clove garlic, mashed with garlic press or finely minced
1 (16-ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes
2 (16 ounces) cans Great Northern beans, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil leaves

1. Sprinkle chicken with salt.
2. Heat vegetable oil in 8-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat. Brown chicken until  golden brown on all sides, removing to plate as it browns.
3. In drippings in Dutch oven, cook celery, carrots, onion, pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon salt, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender-crisp and golden brown. Stir in garlic; cook, stirring, 1 minute.
4. Add tomatoes; return chicken to Dutch oven; over high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 25 minutes or until drumsticks are tender and juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a knife.
5. Remove chicken to platter. Sir Great Northern beans and chopped basil into vegetable mixture in Dutch oven; heat through.
6. To serve, spoon bean and tomato mixture around chicken on platter.

Note: you can also use chicken thighs, leg quarters, or a combination of thighs and drumsticks for this recipe.


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