Dorie’s Chicken in a Pot for #SundaySupper’s First Birthday




Today #SundaySupper turns ONE!




I joined this foodie blogging/cooking group in September of last year and it has been a true JOY.   Not only does this group keep me on my toes in the kitchen, continually making me challenge myself with developing new recipes and cooking + it’s also very inspiring for me to see and read all of the other GREAT recipes, posts and stories. . . learning from different people, learning more about them personally through their blogs. This group is truly talented and fabulous. 


Sunday Supper is on a mission to bring back Sunday Supper and get families back at the dinner table together.  Food bloggers come together and share recipes and most importantly, they have Sunday Supper with their families. You can read more about #SundaySupper here.


For this 1st birthday, we were asked to cook a recipe from a fellow #SundaySupper contributor. .  someone who has inspired us and with a dish that he or she made for Sunday Supper last year. It took me about 2 seconds to figure out what I wanted to make.


I chose Dorie Greenspan’s Chicken in a Pot, inspired and cooked by Nancy from Gotta Get Baked.  Not only is Nancy my homegirl but she is one of the first bloggers I  connected with . .  and it was through Nancy and Sarah Lee, that I joined Sunday Supper!


Nancy is the Baker Extraordinaire!  If you haven’t visited her blog, you need to. With recipes like Molasses Chocolate Chip Candied Ginger Cookies and Chocolate Gingerbread Layer Cake with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting (I am not making this up), you need to check her out. Nancy and I both adore Dorie Greenspan. Love her. Love her. So, when I saw Nancy’s post of Dorie’s Chicken In A Pot, (and it’s on the front cover of Dorie’s cookbook, Around My French Table), I knew I had to make it.


Nancy, the brilliant person she is, added bacon to this recipe. Genius.  I fried up my bacon pieces first and then browned my chicken in the bacon fat. OH LORD, did that smell heavenly.  With this recipe, you can literally throw pretty much anything you want in here. .  well, anything within reason.  .  I worked off of Nancy’s recipe, Dorie’s recipe AND Dorie’s Garlic and Lemon Chicken in a Pot recipe from her cookbook. All slightly different.


I highly, highly recommend everyone make Chicken in a Pot at least once. Make it once and you will fall in love. If your family likes chicken, you must make this. Do it for the kids. Do it for others in the house. Do it for yourself.  The recipe is really so very versatile and relatively easy. As Dorie explains it, “Basically, it’s a chicken (which you can brown or not, depending on how much time you’ve got and how you’re feeling about a little sputtering fat) surrounded by vegetables (your choice) and lots of garlic (a must), moistened with olive oil, wine and chicken broth (or just broth), put into a pot that’s only just big enough to hold everything, sealed up tight (the original recipe calls for sealing the pot with a flour and water paste that hardens with heat) and baked for an hour or so.” Every time she makes it, she makes it a different way.


So, you have to make this yourself and tell me how you’ve changed it up. As you can see, I smothered my chicken with all of the veggies and broth. It was absolutely delicious and flavorful. I will definitely be making this again!  Maybe next time, I will use leeks . .  or if I plan on making this 3 weeks in advance, I’ll try preserving my own lemons (from the “Around My French Table” cookbook, page 208) and will try Dorie’s Garlic & Lemon version.  I wonder if I can use a Pillsbury biscuit or crescent dough to seal the pot next time?


I hope you enjoy!



Dorie’s Chicken in a Pot
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I highly recommend using a dutch oven (enameled cast iron) or cast iron pot or good pot with a strong, heavy lid. And to ensure I had enough broth to dip the bread into, I doubled the chicken broth and white wine so I added 2 cups of chicken broth + 1 cup of dry white wine.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4

  • Approximately ⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 heads of garlic, broken into cloves, but not peeled
  • 6-8 shallots, peeled and trimmed
  • 2 onions, peeled, trimmed and quartered
  • 8 carrots, peeled, trimmed and quartered
  • 4 celery stalks, trimmed and quartered
  • about 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4-6 strips of bacon, diced
  • 1 chicken, whole
  • ½ small (2 lbs or less) cabbage, green or red, cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 8 pieces each
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ -1 cup dry white wine
  • About 1½ cups all-purpose flour, for the seal
  • About ¾ cup hot water, for the seal

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. (You also might need to lower your oven rack a little to accommodate your dutch oven + lid)
  2. Set a large skillet over high heat and add about 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Toss in the garlic cloves and all the vegetables, EXCEPT the cabbage and sweet potatoes- you might have to do this in two batches, try not to crowd the skillet – season generously with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are lightly browned on all sides. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Using your dutch oven, heat another tablespoon or so of olive oil over medium high heat, and add the bacon pieces. Stir until browned and remove from pot. Season your chicken with salt and pepper and brown the whole chicken in the dutch oven on all sides. Please the cabbage and sweet potatoes around the chicken. Add the bacon to the vegetables and throw everything in, including all the fresh herbs (thyme, parsley, rosemary), around the chicken.
  4. Stir together the chicken broth, wine and ½ cup olive oil and pour the mixture over the chicken and vegetables.
  5. To make the dough paste: stir the flour and hot water together, mixing with your fingers until you have a soft, workable dough. Working on a floured surface, shape the dough into a long sausage, then press the dough onto the rim of the dutch oven. Press the lid into the dough to seal the pot.
  6. Slide the pot into the oven and bake for 70 minutes. If you need to keep it in the oven a little longer because you’re not ready for it, that’s fine, just turn the heat down to 325 degrees F and you’ll be fine for another 30 minutes or so.
  7. The easiest way to break the seal, – if needed- is to wiggle the point of a screwdriver between the dough and the pot – being careful not to stand in the line of the escaping (and, in the words of Dorie, “wildly aromatic”) steam. If the chicken was whole, quarter it and return it to the pot, so that you can serve directly from the pot, or you can simply arrange the chicken and vegetables on a serving platter to enjoy.



Sunday Supper Turns One!


We are celebrating this week’s birthday event by choosing recipes from contributors that have inspired us in the past year.  Please take a look at all of the fabulous recipes!



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 Sunday Supper Soups and Breads


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48 Responses to "Dorie’s Chicken in a Pot for #SundaySupper’s First Birthday"

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  1. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    January 13, 2013 at 5:59 am

    This looks amazing! It’s absolutely gorgeous. Yum!

  2. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    January 13, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Alice, you will be my homegirl for life. You’re the first blogger who reached out to me when I started on this crazy journey and I’ll always appreciate the support, hilarity, and wisdom you provide me. I don’t know if I truly deserve all the praise you heaped on me in this post but I love you for saying all these wonderful things. Your chicken in a pot looks so insanely good – packed full of fresh, delicious, drool-worthy ingredients. And damn, your seal is gorgeous! Exactly what Dorie had in mind (instead of my messy ass shellack job, lol). When we finally get to meet (which I hope will be soon) it’s going to be epic! We’re going to eat and laugh our faces off, I know it. Until then, I’ll keep following you on your amazing blog. Happy Sunday, lady!

  3. The Ninja Baker

    January 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

    You’ve convinced me, Amy. Your description and gorgeous photos have me convinced that I need to try this Chicken in a Pot more than once! Love the addition of bacon, too =)

  4. Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite

    January 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I love the addition of the bacon and I am so intrigued at the process to make this dish.

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  11. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    January 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I pretty much just want to dive into that pot – It looks incredible!

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  13. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    January 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    How awesome that you tackled this recipe Alice! I´ll have to wait until the friday Dorie group chooses it, and I´m looking forward to it. I had seen that water/flour way of wrapping it and I want to try it. Have a wonderful sunday!

  14. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife

    January 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    that is one beautiful chicken pot pie!

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  16. Amanda @ MarocMama

    January 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve made this recipe from Dorie’s book in the past and it’s amazing. The only complaint I got was that there wasn’t enough juice left to dunk the bread into! Delicious.

    • hipfoodiemom

      January 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Amanda,
      I actually doubled the chicken broth and white wine for that reason. That’s why I put
      1-2 cups chicken broth
      ½ -1 cup dry white wine

      Maybe I should specify that more in the recipe! I think I will. Thanks for the comment! :) Happy Sunday!

  17. Tara

    January 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Isn’t that a delicious looking recipe, so cool!!

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  21. Chris Baccus

    January 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Oh my, this looks like heaven. How did I miss this recipe before? Thanks for choosing it. Can’t wait to try it in my dutch oven.

    • hipfoodiemom

      January 14, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Thank you, Chris!! It really is delicious, I hope you try it!

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  25. Conni Smith

    January 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous! You did a beautiful job on this recipe, and the photography makes me drool!

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  29. Lane @ Supper for a Steal

    January 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    This looks fantastic! I can only imagine. I bet the chicken is so moist and flavorful.

  30. sunithi

    January 13, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    This looks like such a great way to make chciken pot pie. Must try this ! lovely !!!

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  32. Heather @girlichef

    January 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    This has been on my must-make list since I saw it on the cover of Dorie’s book…I just love the look and sound of it. And now I want to make it even more – look beautiful!

  33. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom)

    January 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I can almost smell this dish! I’ve heard so many good things about Dorie’s cookbook, now I really need to get it.

    It’s been fun getting to know you and I always look forward to your posts! :-)

  34. Soni

    January 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Oh this looks so hearty and delicious!The technique of wrapping the dough is very similar to making a ‘Dum Biryani’ and I can totally imagine the flavors coming together in this slow cooked method!!Awesome :)

  35. Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba)

    January 14, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I’m saving this, mom is big on chicken and anything French!

  36. Lyn @LovelyPantry

    January 15, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I remember how good it looked when Nancy did it. I was impressed! Alice, you nailed it! It looks super gorg and hella tasty. Your seal looks perfect too! Whoohoo!!!

  37. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    January 15, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I’ve heard praises over this recipe and you really inspire me to make this one. It’s definitely a good reason to shop for cast iron, too. This definitely looks so yummy!

  38. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen (@BobbisKozyKtchn)

    January 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! I have to make this soon!!

  39. Bea

    January 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    The chicken in a pot simply looks fantastic!

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  41. Faye Leong

    January 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    This is amazing! Love the idea using veggies and broth to smoother the chicken, you have convinced me to try this out soon! Both you and Nancy rock!

  42. Sarah

    January 18, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Thanks for the shout out girl! I am so happy you are part of #SundaySupper. I loved your play by play photos of this dish on instagram. I was liking them instantly as soon as I saw them. lol
    Browning the chicken in bacon fat! oh lord is right. I would have been like 2 inches away from the pot the whole time. Love this dish and I LOVED your DISH I made. Pork Ragu and mac and cheese are a marriage made in heaven. Thanks for the recipe and I love you girl!

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