Sunday, August 15, 2010

Chicken Vesuvio

It was cool and windy yesterday so I wanted to make something hearty and warm. Most everything I have ever made from Giada's recipes have been delicious and this was no different. I changed a few things by using either Wildtree's Perfect Pizza Seasoning or fresh lemon thyme instead of dried herbs, and canned artichokes instead of frozen ones. I served it with roasted asparagus and there were hardly any leftovers.
 
Chicken Vesuvio
3 tablespoons Wildtree's Natural Grapeseed Oil
4 chicken thighs with skin and bones (I used a family pack of boneless, skinless chicken thighs.)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds small red-skinned potatoes, halved
4 large garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons Wildtree's Perfect Pizza Seasoning (Giada used 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano and 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
8 ounces frozen artichoke hearts or 1 cup frozen lima beans, thawed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
 
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat the oil in large ovenproof pot over high heat. (I used my big Le Creuset Dutch Oven.) Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Working in 2 batches if necessary, cook the chicken in the pot until golden brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a bowl. Carefully add the potatoes to the same pot and cook until they are golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the wine and stir to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Add the broth, oregano, and thyme. Return the chicken to the pot. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and bake in the oven until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Arrange the potatoes around chicken. Add the artichoke hearts to the sauce in the pot. Cover and simmer over high heat until the artichokes are tender, stirring often, about 4 minutes. Turn heat to low. Stir in the butter. Pour the sauce over chicken and potatoes, and serve.

Happy, healthy cooking!
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Here are a few of Giada's cookbooks that I love to use!

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