Thursday, June 2, 2011

Delicious Braised Chicken

My gnocchi-making friend Meredith came over for a homemade happy hour turned dinner one night as we discussed life, work, and brainstormed a new venture that I look forward to sharing with you soon. After sifting through bookmarked pages of blog recipes that I always wanted to come back to, I decided on this one from Annie's Eats. This night proved to be an interesting evening as we encountered some severe weather that distracted us from our cooking. Luckily it was a meal that could sit on the stove for a while, so it turned out perfectly.

After devouring our dinner, I decided that this was easily a new favorite chicken dish, providing a unique combination with a flavorful result.

Grocery List:
  • 4 chicken cutlets (or two chicken breasts, cut in 1/2 and pounded thin)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. all spice 
  • 1/8 tsp. cumin
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers sliced into strips (I used yellow because I prefer their sweet taste)
  • 1 onion sliced into rings/strips
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
Season your chicken breasts with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, paprika, allspice, cumin and about 2-3 tbsp. of olive oil and mix well.

Add 2 tbsp. of olive oil to a Dutch oven and heat your stove on medium-high heat. Add the chicken, two at a time, to the Dutch oven and begin to cook, browning on both sides. Once browned, remove and set aside.

Add the peppers and onions to the pot to begin to cook and soften. Meanwhile, brush the chicken with the spice-oil mixture. Add the chicken to the Dutch oven and top with the tomatoes, mixing all together well.

Finally, add the chicken stock to the pot. Using a large spoon, move the contents around to allow all ingredients to blend. Cover your pot and let cook! Now, during this period of time, we had our weather issues. These pictures hardly do the sky justice, taken throughout a 15 minute period.

We also made cauliflower-mashed potatoes, asparagus and debated taking cover when the tornado sirens began to go off. Luckily the storm quickly passed through and all safe! This probably cooked for a total of one hour with the distractions. Once the excitement had ceased and the rest of the food was prepared, we indulged in our delicious dish.

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