Recipe of the Month,
Garlic Laden Chicken
1 Three pounds chicken, cut into pieces with skin removed.
2 Tablespoons olive oil
½ Cup dry white wine
¼ Cup dry vermouth or sherry
2 Tablespoons roughly chopped Italian parsley
2 Tablespoons roughly chopped basil
2 Teaspoons chopped oregano or marjoram
1 Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
5 Heads of garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
½ Cup sliced celery
1 Lemon - juiced and zested
Dry chicken pieces with paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Heat a large skillet and add the olive oil. When oil is hot and rippling,
add chicken and cook for about ten minutes. Turn the chicken pieces
until all sides are browned.
Mix wine, vermouth, herbs, and red pepper in a large bowl. Add garlic
and celery slices. After the garlic and celery are well coated, transfer
them to a cold Dutch oven or slow cooker. Put the chicken in the wine
mixture and toss to coat all the pieces. Transfer the chicken to the
Dutch oven/crock pot. Sprinkle the chicken with the reserved lemon
juice and zest. Add remaining wine mixture.
If you are cooking on the stovetop in a Dutch oven, turn the burner to
high and bring the pot to a low simmer. Reduce heat and continue the low
cooking for about 45 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove the
chicken to a warm platter. Turn up the heat and reduce the remaining
wine and garlic mixture by half. Spoon the garlic around the chicken
pieces, drizzle the wine reduction over the chicken and serve.
If you are using a slow cooker, cook on low for 6 hours. Remove the
chicken and turn the crock-pot to high and reduce the wine mixture.
Finish the dish using the directions for stovetop cooking.
This recipe can also be accomplished on a woodstove. Just follow the
directions for stovetop cooking. Additionally, after bringing the Dutch
oven to a simmer, you can place the pot in a 300-degree oven and roast
for about an hour. I have cooked this recipe using all three methods
dependant on my temperament and accessibility to electricity! I hope
that you will enjoy this dish!