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Osso Buco-Style Chicken Legs

Meaty chicken legs, rather than veal shanks, are braised in a tomato sauce, then sprinkled with gremolata—a zesty blend of chopped herbs, fresh garlic, and lemon zest. Creamy polenta is an ideal accompaniment to this favorite Italian fall one-dish supper that’s lovely for an intimate dinner party.

Servings 6
Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 to 6 (20 ounces) Just Bare Chicken Drumsticks
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup diced carrot (1/4-inch)
  • 3/4 cup diced celery (1/4-inch)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces) each diced fire-roasted tomatoes, with juices
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 2 cups lowfat (2%) milk
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked instant polenta
  • 3/4 cup grated fresh Gruyère cheese (3 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g 30%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 24g
Calcium 39%Iron 50%
Vitamin C 37%Vitamin A 67%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


  1. To prepare chicken, heat 2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes, turning once, until browned. Remove chicken to a plate.

  2. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, and 2 cloves of chopped garlic. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until just tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, tomatoes, Italian seasoning and fennel seed; bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes.

  3. Return chicken to pan. Cover; simmer 35 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Cook to internal temp of 165°F. Uncover; simmer 5 minutes or until tomato sauce thickens.

  4. Meanwhile, for polenta combine milk and broth in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat; gradually whisk in instant polenta, stirring constantly. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cheese and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  5. To make gremolata mix parsley, zest, and garlic. Serve chicken and sauce over polenta; sprinkle with gremolata.


Just BARE® Hand-Trimmed Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs may be substituted for Just BARE® Chicken Drumsticks.

Nutritional values may change if you choose to substitute another chicken product.