Monday, January 23, 2012

Braised Chicken with Lemon and Capers

We were looking for a different way to eat chicken.  Rather than cookbooks, I do spend more time searching the blogs for recipes.  I always feel that if a blogger writes about a recipe they tried and leaves true comments about the dish, it is the best source available.

Best of all, I had all the ingredients in the kitchen!!  You can do your own thing with this recipe.  Use whatever chicken parts you prefer or have on hand.  Our verdict was "DELICIOUS!"  This recipe serves 2, but would be easy to increase the sauce for more servings.

Braised Chicken with Lemon and Capers
  Recipe from UrbanSpork.com

2 bone-in chicken thighs with skin
2 chicken breasts with skin
all purpose flour for dusting
salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 large peeled garlic cloves
3/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
3/4 cup chicken stock
3 1-inch strips lemon zest
4 thyme springs
2 teaspoons capers, drained
2 bay leaves

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dust with flour.  In a large, ovenproof skillet, melt the butter in the oil.  Add the chicken, skin side down and cook over moderate heat turning once, until browned (about 12 minutes).  Transfer chicken to a large plate and pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat.

Add the garlic to the skillet and cook over low heat until softened.  Add the wine and boil over high heat until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.  Add the stock, lemon zest, thyme, capers and bay leaves and bring to a boil.  Return the chicken to the pan, skin side up.  Transfer the skillet to the oven, cover and braise for 30-35 minutes, or until the meat is tender.

Remove chicken, then return skillet to the stove and boil until the sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.  Discard thyme, bay leaf and lemon zest before serving.  Serve the chicken with the beautiful gravy this dish makes.  Very nice!!

23 comments:

  1. I love a chicken dish that makes an unusual gravy - and I'll bet this one is a winner!

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  2. This sounds wonderful...wine, lemon, capers! Yum!

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  3. This sounds wonderful. Guess who has everything but the chicken! I shall make it this week. Chicken, lemon and wine - perfect.

    Carol

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  4. Wine, lemon and capers... I'm on board!! This one sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for passing it along. blessings ~ Tanna

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  5. Anything with lemons and capers has to be good.
    Sam

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  6. Lovely post and I agree with you Susan; if a blogger posts a recipe she has made and is proud of, that is a pretty good source. I love finding a recipe for 2 and I am printing out this one. Thank you.
    Rita

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  7. This sounds delicious! I love capers! I look for more ways to prepare chicken. Thank you, Susan!

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  8. All ingredients on hand here too. Chicken, lemon, capers and garlic=perfection!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  9. Sounds a winner and looks delicious. Bon appétit to you and the Trout...

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  10. I love chicken with lemon and capers,throw in a little white wine and you're on your way to a delicious dinner! I will put the ingredients on my grocery list today, thanks for passing on the recipe, much appreciated!

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  11. I love the flavor of lemon and capers with chicken. So good!

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  12. I'm all over the lemon, caper and wine sauce in this recipe, Susan! Delicious! What a great way to prepare chicken.

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  13. Sounds good to me. How could it be anything else with those ingredients. Diane

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  14. It's a winner Susan.

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  15. I love finding new ways to cook chicken, too, and I agree that blogs have become a most trustworthy source of new recipes! Love that this is for two, too!

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  16. I quite agree. My fellow bloggers are one of my favorite choices for recipes. This looks so good! All the flavors look fantastic. I'm going to toss this recipe into my future savory dinners.

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  17. This looks really delish, Susan. I'll bet that sauce was soooo good.
    Best,
    Gloria

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  18. I could happily eat this all week, and likely will now that you've shed some light on a recipe right up my alley. Cheers! Tom

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  19. This looks wonderful, Susan. Anytime you put lemon and garlic in with chicken, you have a winner. The addition of the salty capers is a bonus.

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  20. Mmmmmm, mmmmm Susan this sounds most delicious. I love all your ingredients and can only imagine how delicious they must be combined!

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  21. I never thought about making some kind of gravy with lemon, but your chicken looks delicious

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  22. What a great recipe~I do have most of those ingredients on hand!

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  23. I love this recipe, Susan. Starting with bone in, skin on pieces of chicken makes all the difference in the world. This is true comfort food.

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