Learning As I Chop

Some Other One Pot Meals

Posted in Baking/Cooking, Tips by R @ Learning As I Chop on March 18, 2011

Last post, you read as I sang the praises of one pot meals. Especially for those households who are dishwasher-less. I also thanked Mark Bittman for the tasty arroz con pollo that H and I enjoyed. So imagine my surprise when I opened the NY Times Magazine (albeit a few days late) and found this article, called Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner. Here’s a sample of one the recipes he provides. Enjoy!

Braised and Roasted Chicken With Vegetables

2 tablespoons chicken fat, reserved from the chicken-skin croutons (or use olive oil or butter)

2 skinless chicken leg-thigh quarters

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 skin-on chicken breast, split to yield 2 halves

3 leeks, trimmed, cleaned and chopped

4 carrots, chopped

6 celery ribs, chopped, leaves reserved for garnish

12 to 16 ounces cremini, shiitake, button or other fresh mushrooms, quartered or sliced

3 to 4 sprigs fresh thyme or rosemary

Chicken-wing meat

The quick chicken stock.

1. Heat the oven to 350. Put the chicken fat in a roasting pan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Sprinkle the leg quarters with salt and pepper and add them to the pan, flesh side down. Cook, turning and rotating the pieces as necessary, until well browned on both sides, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove, then add the breast halves, skin side down. Brown them well, then flip and cook for just 1 minute or so; remove to a separate plate.

2. Put the leeks, carrots, celery, mushrooms, herbs and chicken-wing meat in the same pan and cook until the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Nestle the leg quarters among the vegetables, meaty side up. Add enough of the stock to come about halfway up the thighs. (The amount will depend on the breadth of your pan; add a little water if necessary.)

4. Put the pan in the oven and cook, uncovered, for about 1 hour, checking occasionally and stirring the vegetables if they threaten to brown too much. When the thigh meat is tender, raise the heat to 400 and lay the breast halves on the vegetables, skin side up. Continue cooking until they are done, 20 to 30 minutes longer.

5. Transfer the vegetables to a platter. You can serve one of two ways: slice the breasts and shred the leg-and-thigh meat and lay the meat on top of the vegetables; or cut the leg-thigh pieces in half, cut the breasts in half and give each person a little of each. Garnish with reserved chopped celery leaves.

Yield: 4 servings.

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