Saturday, November 14, 2009

Chicken Smothered in Gravy

 A lightened American classic. This dish calls for skinless chicken drumsticks, which have only slightly more fat than breasts. Served family style, this dish showcases traditional American flavors while being healthy and delicious.



Chicken Smothered in Gravy
(Serves 4)
Recipe from Food and Wine


Ingredients:
2-1/2 tablespoons canola oil
8-3 ounce skinless chicken drumsticks (I used skinless thighs)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1- ounce bacon (1 thick slice) cut crosswise into 1/4 inch strips
1-1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 large tomato-peeled, seeded and coarsely choped
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 cup 2-percent milk
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 parsley sprigs plus 2 teaspoons chopped parsley

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees. In an ovenproof non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add to pan. Cook over moderately high heat until browned all over, 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
2. Add the bacon to the skillet and cook, stirring, until the fat is rendered, 2 minutes. Drain off the fat. Add the remianing 1-1/2 tablespoons of oil to skillet, and stir in the flour until incorporated. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until slightly softened, 3 minutes. Add the tomato and tomato paste and cook, stirring until the tomato softens slightly, 5 minutes. Add the milk and broth and bring to a boil, stirring until slightly thickened, 3 minutes. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the skillet; add the parsley sprigs.
3. Cover the chicken and braise in the oven for 20 minutes, until the meat is cooked through. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter and discard the parsley sprigs.
4. Return the skillet to moderate heat and cook the gravy, whisking constantly, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the chopped parsley, pour the gravy over the chicken legs and serve.

Enjoy!


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52 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

This gravy smothered chicken looks deadly delicious!

the ungourmet said...

This looks so delicious! I love all of that yummy gravy! How do you think it would be with a bit of white wine added in?

Katy ~ said...

Velva, even though I just finished eating, I came here and saw this and I am STARVING. This looks SOOO much better than what I just had. Oh my gosh, I want to stab my fork into the screen and grab a nice big piece of chicken. LUV the gravy!!

TKW said...

Gravy....mmmmmmmmm. I'm with Ungourmet--how about a little wine in there?

George Gaston said...

Velva, there is a comfort in this dish that can only be described as wholesome. Nothing like a classic 'family-styled' meal of chicken & gravy. Hope you post many more like this. Many thanks

Chris said...

Good afternoon Ma'am. Officer Adams with CSI-FoodNetwork. I understand you're a witness to this case. From my understanding you say the victim...errr...chicken was "smothered" with a gravy. Did you see WHO smothered the victim?

:) ;) :) ;)

Seriously though, looks great.

Claudia said...

This would be a serious eating meal for my family - a bunch of gravy eaters. Smothered is the only way to go.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Yum. Looks like a wonderful meal for Family Night. Wish I had some warm homemade bread to dip in that gravy.

Donna-FFW said...

My kinda food covered in all that goodness they call gravy.

Pierce said...

And it's healthy ingredients...looks great. I'll have to try this one. I like using the thigh meat also, seems to be more moist than the breast meat.

Sweet and Savory said...

It does look the yummiest. Creamy sauces make dishes so much more appealing. No bacon for me though.

D. @ Outside Oslo said...

That looks wonderful! The gravy looks like it would do just the trick for adding a little interest to an otherwise plain side dish, like boiled potatoes or white rice.

Laura in Paris said...

Great shot! Very inviting ...

Palidor said...

Dark meat rules! Really, the amount of fat in dark versus white meat is negligible. That is one hearty, comforting dish, perfect for this time of year.

Adam said...

Well you have quite the comfort food status going on here! Man I want to have that with the fire place turned up to the max :)

Mimi said...

Velva,
This looks so delicious. I love looking with chicken thighs, they have so much flavor. The gravy looks like it has fabulous flavor too. Just the thing for a cold winter night.
Mimi

Marguerite said...

This dish reminds me of one that I make on a regular basis. Looks so delicious! A true Southern comfort food!

teresa said...

you know, i never cook with drumsticks, which is sad because they really are the best part of the chicken, in my opinion! this looks wonderful!

Kathleen said...

This looks like perfect comfort food!

Junglefrog said...

I love the look of this dish! It looks like it has loads of flavor!

A Year on the Grill said...

this looks really good, filled with terrific flavors, I love this!

Bunny said...

Oh yes this is comfort food alright!

Kim said...

Holy cow - this looks so creamy and delicious! Love the recipe, so comforting!

Karine said...

Such a comfort meal! :)

Perfect for winter.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

Have to agree with everyone else - this looks perfect for a cool night, and very flavoursome! Hard to resist sticking your finger into that rich gravy :)

D. @ Outside Oslo said...

Hi Velva, thanks for the comment on my blog. I just responded. I'm not sure how often people check back to see responses, though, so I thought I'd let you know it's there.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Two syllable word for this- YUM-MY!
Total comfort food, and tasty, too!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Wow! This looks so good! I love the tenderness of chicken thighs, and it lends well to creamy sauces.

Mimi said...

Velva,
Please stop over at Mimi's Kitchen I have something for you.
Mimi

The Absence of Alternatives said...

It's 1:30 am and I am famished. Famished! Why did I decide it's a good idea to come to your website when my stomach is growling? Now it's making rude noise now: "I want that chicken. Give me that chicken!" Pardon us.

Art and Appetite said...

Velva, I swear...if I wasn't a vegetarian, I would try this. This looks sooo good. Hmmm, maybe I can try it with artificial chicken?

Anyways, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Joanne said...

What a great take on a classic! Drumsticks have so much flavor and that gravy looks delicious.

Manuela said...

This looks so delicious! Oh my!!
Thanks for visiting my little corner. :)
I have enjoyed reading your recipies.

Sophie said...

ooooh Velva!! What a fantastic georgous dish of chicken!!

MMMMMMM,....yummie!

Barbara said...

Yummy recipe, Velva! I agree that drumsticks have more flavor than breasts- so love your choice there. So many great flavors in your gravy!

The Blonde Duck said...

I like your chicken and gravy better than mine! I'm sensing a Chicken and gravy 2.0 at the blog...

Hungry Dog said...

Sounds delicious! I love lots of sauce so this looks right up my alley :)

5 Star Foodie said...

The chicken sounds so good with this delicious rich gravy, yum!

my kitchen said...

Looks creamy & delicious

My Little Space said...

This gravy is simply delicious and it goes perfectly well with the chicken.

Katherine Aucoin said...

This looks like a fantastic comfort meal! don't forget some crusty bread so sop up your wonderful gravy!

Karen Harris said...

This looks delish. I love any type of smothered chicken. I hope you and your husband had a great time in NYC.

Madame Sucre said...

oooh where were u last night when i was lookin for something to make for dinner?? yummmm

Susan said...

This just shouts 'family'! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Blondie's Journal said...

Velva~~

I only got past your first two posts and I knew I was hooked. The smothered chicken looks wonderful and I am going to try that soon. The bacon in it looks so flavorful. The deep dish apple pie looks like it can feed a crowd!!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I loved your comments! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Heavenly Housewife said...

This looks like a wonderful, hearty dinner. Perfect comfort food for a cold day. Love it.

3 hungry tummies said...

This looks so good! I'm bookmarking it for colder months, thanks for the recipe!!

Erica said...

I would love to have that with some white rice right now, please!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your blog! I'm going to put you in my list of favorites! Thanks! I want to try some of your recipes!

Chef E said...

I swear as I saw the pic and read this I smell gravy now! You do not even have to tell me what is for dinner, just yell 'Gravy' and I'll come running, yeah I said that :)

Gina said...

Looks delicious, and like it needs a good bread to sop up that gravy!

Anonymous said...

i made this resipe. it didnt look quit the same, (imagine that!) but it tasted amazing! and im a very picky eater!

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