Garlic Chicken In Casserole with Israeli Couscous

I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to use chicken. Here’s one that’s fairly easy and tastes pretty good too. It goes great with Eggless Caesar Salad.

Garlic chicken

Garlic Chicken In Casserole with Israeli Couscous

INGREDIENTS:

Chicken: - 2 whole garlic bulbs - 1 lemon, zested and juiced - 1 large bunch thyme, leaves only - 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground - Pinch crushed red pepper flakes - Kosher salt - Extra-virgin olive oil - 1 (4 to 5-pound) chicken, cut into 8 to 10 parts

Couscous: - Kosher salt - 2 cups medium-size Israeli couscous - Extra-virgin olive oil - 1 large onion, sliced - 3 ribs celery, sliced thin on the bias - Pinch crushed red pepper flakes - 1 1/2 cups dry white wine - 3 tablespoons tomato paste - Large pinch saffron - 2 zucchini, green part only, cut into 1/2-inch dice - 2 to 3 cups chicken stock - 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted - 3 scallions, white and green, sliced thinly on the bias

METHOD:

  1. Chicken: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Put the garlic bulbs in a small tin and roast them until they are soft when squeezed, about 30 minutes. Remove them from the oven and let cool.

  2. When the garlic bulbs are cool, slice the tops off and squeeze out the roasted garlic. Add the garlic to a food processor or a bowl, along with the lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme, cumin, crushed red pepper and salt, to taste. Add a little olive oil and puree or mash into a loose paste. Massage the mixture all over the chicken pieces and let sit for at least 1 hour.

  3. Couscous: Bring a pot of well salted water to a boil, over medium heat. Add the couscous and cook it until it’s about 2/3 of the way cooked, about 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and reserve.

  4. Coat a large saute pan with olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and brown it on all sides. Remove it to a plate, drain the fat and add the onions and celery. Season with salt, to taste, and the crushed red pepper. Deglaze with white wine, scraping up all the crud on the bottom of the pan and cook the onions and celery for 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for another 2 minutes. Add in the saffron, zucchini, cooked couscous, and chicken stock. Stir to combine, then taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Transfer the mix to an ovenproof dish. Nestle the chicken, skin side up, in the couscous and cover with foil. Add some more chicken stock to keep everything nice and moist. Sprinkle with pine nuts and cover with foil. Place the baking dish on a sheet pan.

  5. Roast the chicken for 20 minutes, covered, then remove the foil and roast for another 10 to 15 minutes.

  6. Remove the chicken from the oven and top with scallions before serving.

Julia Child’s Napoleon’s Chicken

Here’s a dish, that at first glance, seems like an unworkable combination. And honestly, it’s one of those dishes where the chef threw what he had together. But it works. The best part is that you can leave parts of it out and it’s still delicious. If you cooking this with the thought of having leftovers, you can cook everything but the bread and eggs and do those as needed. You can also do a simple fried egg and it’s just as good.

Julia Child’s Napoleon’s Chicken

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 chicken cut into pieces for frying
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon of Napoleon’s cognac (or Brandy)
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 lbs. peeled, cored, seeded and diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 8 large white mushroom caps with stems
  • 8 rounds of 1/4″ thick sliced Italian bread
  • 12 large shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon chopped, fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • black olives

METHOD:

  1. Rinse and pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large seasoned skillet (a chicken fryer with 3″ to 4″ high sides) over medium high heat until hot. Add chicken and brown well on all sides.

  2. Add 1/4 cup of the white wine, cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add cognac and flame. Add onions, cover and simmer another 10 minutes. Remove chicken to platter.

  3. Remove stems from mushroom caps and dice. Reserve caps. Spoon some grease from pan. Saute garlic and mushroom stems. Add tomatoes, 1/4 cup of the white wine, and Italian seasoning stirring up all the chicken bits. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a high simmer. Return the chicken pieces to the skillet, folding into the tomato sauce. Reduce heat, cover and simmer gently for 15 – 20 minutes until chicken is no longer pink.

  4. While the chicken is cooking, heat a saucepan over high heat with 1 tablespoon of oil and the rest of white wine. Add the mushrooms. Toss lightly a few times until they are tender, but not soggy or overcooked. The caps should be white and retain their shape. Set aside and keep warm.

  5. Heat a frying pan with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil (may need more) until hot, but not smoking. Lightly fry the rounds of bread until slightly browned. Set them aside on paper towels. Keep warm in oven.

  6. Add the shrimp to the hot oil and fry until they just curl up, about 1-2 minutes. Set them aside on paper towels. Keep warm in oven.

  7. Heat another saucepan over high heat with oil at least an inch deep. Poach the eggs one at a time in the hot oil for a minute or so, lightly stirring with large spoon to keep egg together. Remove with a slotted spoon and set on paper towel to drain.

  8. Putting it all together: Set chicken pieces on serving platter. Spoon the tomato sauce over the chicken pieces and garnish with black olives.

  9. Place the eight croutons around the chicken. Place an egg on every other crouton and garnish with parsley. Place 3 shrimp on each of the other 4 croutons.

Roasted Split Chicken with Mustard Crust

Here’s a quick way to cook a juicy chicken. Add a little white wine to the deglaze the pan after cooking the chicken and reduce by half. Then add a cup or two of homemade chicken stock and reduce that by half.

Roasted Split Chicken with Mustard Crust

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds)

METHOD:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.

  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Using kitchen shears or a sharp knife, cut alongside the backbone of the chicken to split it open. Spread and press on the chicken with your hands to flatten it. Using a sharp paring knife, cut halfway through both sides of the joints connecting the thighs and drumsticks and cut through the joints of the shoulder under the wings as well. (This will help the heat penetrate these joints and accelerate the cooking process.)

  3. Put the chicken skin side down on a cutting board and spread it with about half the mustard mixture. Place the chicken flat in a large skillet, mustard side down. Spread the remaining mustard on the skin side of the chicken. Cook over high heat for about 5 minutes, then place the skillet in the oven and cook the chicken for about 30 minutes. It should be well browned and dark on top.

  4. Let the chicken rest in the skillet at room temperature for a few minutes, then cut it into 8 pieces with clean kitchen shears. Defat the cooking juices. Pour some juice on the chicken and serve.

Coq-au-vin

I made Coq-au-vin.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bottle /1 liter plus 1 cup/225 ml of red wine
  • 1 onion, cut into a 1-inch/2.5 cm dice
  • 1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch/6-mm slices
  • 1 celery rib, cut into 1/2-inch/1-cm slices
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tbs. /14g whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bouquet garni, (2 sprigs thyme, 1 sprig parsley, 1 bay leaf wrapped in cheesecloth and tied with a string)
  • 1 whole chicken, about 3.5 lb/1.35 kg, – trimmed – meaning guts, wing tips and neckbone removed
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbs. /28g olive oil
  • 6 tbs. /75g butter, softened
  • 1 tbs. /14g flour
  • 1/4 lb /112g slab or country bacon, cut into small oblongs (lardons) about 1/4 by 1 inch/6mm by 2.5 cm
  • 1/2 lb. /225 g small white button mushrooms, stems removed
  • 12 pearl onions, peeled
  • pinch of sugar

METHOD:

  1. DAY ONE: The day before you even begin to cook, combine the bottle of red wine, the diced onion (that’s the big onion, not the pearl onions), sliced carrots, celery, cloves, peppercorns, and bouquet garni in a large deep bowl. Add the chicken and submerge it in the liquid so that all of it is covered. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  2. DAY TWO: Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat it dry. Put it aside. Strain the marinade through the fine strainer, reserving the liquids and solids separately. Season the chicken with salt and pepper inside and out. In the large Dutch oven, heat the oil and 2 tablespoons/28 g of the butter until almost smoking, and then sear the chicken, turning it with the tongs to evenly brown it. Once browned, remove it from the pot and set it aside again. Add the reserved onions, celery, and carrot to the pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and golden brown. That should take about 10 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and mix well with the wooden spoon so that the vegetables are coated. Now stir in the reserved strained marinade. Put the chicken back in the pot, along with the bouquet garni. Cook this for about 1 hour and 15 minutes over low heat.

  4. Have a drink. You’re almost there.

  5. While your chicken stews slowly in the pot, cook the bacon lardons in the small saute pan over medium heat until golden brown. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain it on paper towels, making sure to keep about 1 tablespoon/14 g of fat in the pan. Saute the mushroom tops in the bacon fat until golden brown. Set them aside.

  6. Now, in the small saucepan, combine the pearl onions, the pinch of sugar, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons/28 g of butter. Add just enough water to just cover the onions; then cover the pan with the parchment paper trimmed to the same size of the pan. (I suppose you can use foil if you must.) Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the water has evaporated. Keep a close eye on it. Remove the paper cover and continue to cook until the onions are golden brown. Set the onions aside and add the remaining cup/225 ml of red wine along with salt and pepper and reduce over medium-high heat until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.

  7. Your work is pretty much done here. One more thing and then it’s wine and kudos.

  8. When the chicken is cooked through – meaning tender, the juice from the thigh running clear when pricked – carefully remove from the liquid, cut into quarters, and arrange on the deep serving platter. Strain the cooking liquid (again) into the reduced red wine. Now just add the bacon, mushrooms, and pearl onions, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and swirl in the remaining 2 tablespoons/28 g of butter. Now pour that sauce over the chicken and dazzle your friends with your brilliance. Serve with buttered noodles and a Bourgone Rouge.

Poulet Basquaise

I made Poulet Basquaise.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 whole chicken about 4 lbs. cut into 8 pieces
  • salt and black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 red bell peppers cut into julienne
  • 2 green bell peppers cut into julienne
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 16 ounces canned Italian plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light chicken stock or broth
  • 3 sprigs of flat leaf parsley finely chopped

METHOD:

  1. Season the chicken all over with the salt, pepper and cayenne. Heat a large pot over medium high heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot add the butter. When the butter has foamed and subsided, add the chicken, skin side down, and brown on that side only! Remove chicken with tongs and set aside on a plate. Add the peppers and onion to the pot and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook for about 10 minutes, then add the tomatoes and cook until the liquid is reduced by half. Stir in the wine, scraping, scraping – as always – to get the good stuff up. Cook until the wine is reduced by half then add the water and the chicken stock. Return the chicken to the pot, making sure to add all the juice that’s accumulated on the plate while it rested. Cover the pot and allow to cook on low heat for about 25 minutes, then remove the chicken to your serving platter.

  2. Crank up the heat to high and reduce the sauce for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add the parsley. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve immediately.

Chicken Breast with Orange, Olives and New Potatoes

I made Chicken Breast with Orange, Olives and New Potatoes

Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large chicken breasts, split in half down the middle – skin on
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup medium black olives, pitted
  • 1/2 orange, sliced into round circles
  • 4 large new potatoes, skin-on, 1/4-inch thick-sliced
  • 1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley, for garnish

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Set a large oven-proof pan over medium heat and add a 3-tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Season breasts all-over with plenty of salt and pepper then add to the pan skin-side down. Cook for 7-8 minutes until the skin is nice and golden then turn breasts over and add potatoes, orange slices and olives evenly over and around the pan. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and shake the pan around a little so everything get’s coated nicely with the oil and chicken juices – this also helps settle everything into place. Cook for about 5 minutes on the stove-top until you get a little color on the potatoes. Season once more with salt and pepper then pop the whole pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley stems.

Coq au-vin

Coq au-vin

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bottle plus 1 cup of red wine
  • 1 onion, cut into a 1-inch dice
  • 1 carrot, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 celery rib, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tbs. whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bouquet garni, (2 sprigs thyme, 1 sprig parsley, 1 bay leaf wrapped in cheesecloth and tied with a string )
  • 1 whole chicken, about 3.5 lb, ‚trimmed meaning guts, wing tips and neckbone removed
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 6 tbs. butter, softened
  • 1 tbs. flour
  • 1/4 lb slab or country bacon, cut into small oblongs (lardons) about 1/4 by 1 inch by 2.5 cm
  • 1/2 lbs. small white button mushrooms, stems removed
  • 12 pearl onions, peeled
  • pinch of sugar

METHOD:

DAY ONE:

The day before you even begin to cook, combine the bottle of red wine, the diced onion (that’s the big onion, not the pearl onions), sliced carrots, celery, cloves, peppercorns, and bouquet garni in a large deep bowl. Add the chicken and submerge it in the liquid so that all of it is covered. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

DAY TWO:

Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat it dry. Put it aside. Strain the marinade through the fine strainer, reserving the liquids and solids separately. Season the chicken with salt and pepper inside and out. In the large Dutch oven, heat the oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter until almost smoking, and then sear the chicken, turning it with the tongs to evenly brown it. Once browned, remove it from the pot and set it aside again. Add the reserved onions, celery, and carrot to the pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and golden brown. That should take about 10 minutes.

Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and mix well with the wooden spoon so that the vegetables are coated. Now stir in the reserved strained marinade. Put the chicken back in the pot, along with the bouquet garni. Cook this for about 1 hour and 15 minutes over low heat.

Have a drink. You’re almost there‚

While your chicken stews slowly in the pot, cook the bacon lardons in the small saute pan over medium heat until golden brown. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain it on paper towels, making sure to keep about 1 tablespoon of fat in the pan. Saute the mushroom tops in the bacon fat until golden brown. Set them aside.

Now, in the small saucepan, combine the pearl onions, the pinch of sugar, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons of butter. Add just enough water to just cover the onions; then cover the pan with the parchment paper trimmed to the same size of the pan. (I suppose you can use foil if you must.) Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the water has evaporated. Keep a close eye on it. Remove the paper cover and continue to cook until the onions are golden brown. Set the onions aside and add the remaining cup of red wine along with salt and pepper and reduce over medium-high heat until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.

Your work is pretty much done here. One more thing and then it’s wine and kudos.

When the chicken is cooked through‚ meaning tender, the juice from the thigh running clear when pricked, carefully remove from the liquid, cut into quarters, and arrange on the deep serving platter. Strain the cooking liquid (again) into the reduced red wine. Now just add the bacon, mushrooms, and pearl onions, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and swirl in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Now pour that sauce over the chicken and dazzle your friends with your brilliance. Serve with buttered noodles and a Bourgone Rouge.