Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chicken Fricassee

After getting the book, 50 Shades of Chicken, for Christmas, I've been itching to try most of them in the span of about a month.  However, Ben doesn't care for that much chicken so I'm having to spread it out :o(  He loves the country ham his parents got from a family friend so when I saw this recipe in the book that combines ham and spicyness, I knew he would love it!  (even if it was chicken....)

{Chicken Fricassee}

{Mixing the marinade}

{Chicken swimming in the spicy marinade}

{I used 3 peppers because they were on the edge}

{Country ham from Ben's parents}

{Searing the chicken}

{Frying the ham}

{Adding sauce ingredients}

{Reducing sauce by 1/3}

{Added chicken and baked in the oven}

Chicken Fricassee

Serves 4


6 bone-in, with skin chicken thighs
1 cup dry white wine
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 oz country ham, chopped
1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
2 peppers, cut into strips (see this post to learn how to cut peppers)
1-6 oz can tomato sauce
1-15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
  1. Place raw chicken in a dish with a lid and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix together wine, garlic, chili powder, paprika, and pepper flakes until combined; pour over chicken and marinate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 325.
  4. Heat oil in a Dutch oven and sear chicken in the pan; when skin is crispy take out and lay back in the marinade.
  5. Add ham pieces to the oil and fry until brown; add onions and peppers and cook until softened.
  6. Add marinade, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth to pan and stir to combine.
  7. Reduce sauce by 1/3.
  8. Add chicken back to pan, cover with lid, and place in oven for 1 hour or until chicken is done.
  9. Serve with rice.
This was DELICIOUS!  Of course he LOVED this recipe!  He even ate the leftovers which is a big deal because he usually doesn't eat leftovers.  If you don't like as much spice, please cut back on the spicy ingredients (chili powder, paprika, and pepper flakes) because this dish does have a strong bite!

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