Sunday, October 24, 2010

Comfort Chicken

This recipe is comfort food at its finest. It reminds me of something my Mom or Grannie would have cooked for us growing up, but they would have served it over angle hair instead. This meal was delicious, satisfying and flavorful. And the leftovers were to die for - I ate them for an entire week and I normally don't do leftovers.

Braised Chicken Thighs and Button Mushrooms
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon Essence, recipe in link above
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 16 ounces button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups dark chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 pound of bowtie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Set a 10-inch, straight-sided saute pan over medium-high heat and add the oil. Season the chicken thighs with the Essence, salt and pepper. Place the chicken, skin side down in the pan and sear until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the chicken over and sear on the second side for another 3 to 4 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pan and add the butter and mushrooms.

Saute the mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until browned and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and saute for 3 to 4 minutes.

Sprinkle the flour into the pan

and cook, stirring often to make a light brown roux, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, stock to the pan and stir.

Add the rosemary to the pan,

bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan, skin side down and cook the chicken for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook until the meat is very tender, about 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the chicken over pasta and garnish with the chopped parsley.

Click Here for My Adapted Printable Recipe

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

He's Here !

Forrest and I had our first born on October 11, 2010. He weighed 9lbs 9 ounces (can you tell his momma liked to indulge in yummy food while "baking" him?) and was 22 1/4 inches long. We are completely smitten and we can't wait to get him home to start cooking up all of our new adventures that are ahead of us as a family of three!

Meet Rex Paul Foti: