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Dinner Tonight: Chicken with Pancetta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

[Photograph: Blake Royer]

I hardly ever cook with sun-dried tomatoes, mostly because they always seemed like a food fad. I have memories of picking them out of all kinds of things as a kid—salads, pastas—and no great fondness to return to them.

Yet it was hard to pass up this recipe, where they work perfectly in a delicious stew of crisp pancetta and soft, caramelized red onions. They melt into the sauce and balance it with a nice acidity and brightness.

Though it came out of a little book called Solo Suppers full of recipes to cook by your lonesome, it easily served my wife and me for dinner when paired with polenta. The author also suggests it with roasted or mashed potatoes, or tossed with pasta, but I never pass up an opportunity to eat polenta, especially with deeply flavored sauces like this one. For me, it's a pinnacle of comfort food.

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