Also known as: it’s the end of summer and you’ve got a whole bumper crop of tomatoes so here.
This is a two-parter. I think I might have a thing about two-parters. Mainly because I like saying two-parters.
But we must discuss! Because first, we have the tomato sauce. It’s raw, y’all.
Oh wait, I forgot about this photo.
We’ve got the tomato sauce, and the chicken! Which we’ll chunk up and lightly bread in crunchy panko and savory everything bagel seasoning (genius tip, Eating Well!), and fry until golden brown and continue to live our happy little lives.
But first, the sauce.
Little back story – my sister-in-law Carolyn was visiting a few weekends back. For dinner one night she whipped up this super simple raw tomato sauce (I’ve been a slobbery fan of raw tomato sauces since Fine Cooking put one out y e a r s ago.) and I was like, “OH YEAH, RAW TOMATO SAUCES.”
Have I said raw tomato sauce enough?
It’s this – diced garden tomatoes, a little bit of red onion (or scallions if y’awnt!), minced garlic, freshly chopped oregano, a glug of oil and a good pinch of salt. No acid, no sugar, no nuttin’. Just fresh tomatoes that marinate in herbs and aromatics for as long as humanly possible. And it’s completely marvelous. The juices release over time, the flavors deepen in an other-worldly way, and your soul weeps.
The chicken! Honestly, I’ve made this chicken four times now (cut up in nuggets like this) and the kids are bonkers for it. It’s not overly fried. Just barely fried. And so crunchy! And the everything bagel seasoning (I get mine at TJ’s) is a) everyone’s favorite flavor right now and b) makes complete sense and c) so dern perfect it almost hurts.
Just look at that pile o’ crunch.
It will change you, hear these words.
And really – you just BAWL up some bucatini (the long pasta with the hole down the center! Tell the kids they’re eating mini garden hoses, they’ll giggle so hard.) and toss it with the raw tomato sauce and omg. It’s all so stupid delish.
This is an odd photo, yes. But I want to show you just how much juice collects in the tomatoes. So when you serve it, be sure and spoon the juice over the top. Mandatory life decision.
That with the crunchy nuggets, DUDE. So perfect. And be sure and garnish with so much fresh parmesan you can barely feel your upper torso. And maybe some fresh basil because WINTER IS COMING.
It’s like, perfection.