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!
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. (You also might need to lower your oven rack a little to accommodate your dutch oven + lid)
- 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.
- 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.
- Stir together the chicken broth, wine and ½ cup olive oil and pour the mixture over the chicken and vegetables.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Sunday Supper Appetizers
- Hot Spinach Parmesan Dip by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks inspired by Comfy Cuisine
- So Simple Pizza Puffs by The Weekend Gourmet inspired by Hip Foodie Mom
- Pepperoni and Mozzarella Pull Apart by Noshing With The Nolands inspired by In the Kitchen with KP
Sunday Supper Soups and Breads
- Lasagna Soup by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen inspired by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Easy Italian Wedding Soup by Webicurean inspired by Family Foodie
- Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Soup by Damn Delicious inspired by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Honey Butter Dinner Rolls by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts inspired by Chocolate Moosey
- Chicken Noodle Soup by Big Bears Wife inspired by My Catholic Kitchen
- Tomato Florentine Soup by Mama Mommy Mom inspired by The Meltaways
- Chicken Soup with Dumplings by Comfy Cuisine inspired by The Messy Baker
- Coconut Curry Chicken Soup by My Trials in the Kitchen inspired by Damn Delicious
Sunday Supper Main Dishes
- Portuguese Mussels and Shrimp in Chorizo Sauce by Supper for a Steal inspired by Family Foodie
- (GlutenFree) Chicken Bruschetta by The Meltaways inspired by Family Foodie
- Feijoada Portuguese Bean Stew by Kimchi Mom inspired by Family Foodie
- Lentils and Chorizo Stew by Galactosemia in PDX inspired by Vintage Kitchen
- Carnitas Pizza w/ Chipotle-Avocado Crema by girlichef inspired by Damn Delicious
- Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas by Country Girl in the Village inspired by Webicurean
- Drunken Meatballs by Small Wallet Big Appetite inspired by The Foodie Army Wife
- Goat Cheese Rigatoni Alfredo by Magnolia Days inspired by Family Foodie
- Dorie’s Chicken-in-the-Pot by Hip Foodie Mom inspired by Gotta Get Baked
- Pulled Pickled Pork by Juanita’s Cocina inspired by Daily Dish Recipes
- Hoisin Asian Meatballs by Gotta Get Baked inspired by Damn Delicious
- Shrimp-Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes by Daily Dish Recipes inspired by Juanita’s Cocina
- Soy, Orange Juice and Red Wine Marinade by Peanut Butter and Peppers inspired by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chicken Burger with Curried Cabbage Slaw by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings inspired by Soni’s Food
- Corn and Basil Handpies by Curious Cuisiniere inspired by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Lightened Up Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken by Cupcakes and Kale Chips inspired by The Meltaways
- Jalapeño Popper Chicken Chili by Food Lust People Love inspired by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Bigos by Maroc Mama inspired by From Fast Food to Fresh Food
- Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with Sweet Chili Sauce by From Fast Food to Fresh Food inspired by Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends
- Pork Loin with Port Shallot Sauce by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen inspired by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Sweet & Tender Brisket by Daddy Knows Less inspired by Juanita’s Cocina
- Fish Tacos by Cookistry inspired by Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Homemade Harissa by Masala Herb inspired by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Spicy Seoulful Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Family Foodie inspired by Kimchi Mom
- New Orleans Style White Beans & Rice by Catholic Foodie inspired by The Hand that Rocks the Ladle
- Spice Rubbed Chicken Tacos with Tropical Salsa by The Urban Mrs. inspired by Family Foodie
- Mac n Cheese Cups with Pork Shoulder Ragu by Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends inspired by Hip Foodie Mom
Sunday Supper Veggies
- Carrots au Gratin by Shockingly Delicious inspired by Juanita’s Cocina
- Skillet Spinach Corn with Edamame, Cilantro & Bacon Bits by The Lovely Pantry inspired by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Sunday Supper Desserts and Snacks
- Chocolate Brownie Tart by That Skinny Chick Can Bake inspired by Magnolia Days
- Mexican Hot Cocoa Sandwich Cookies by Chocolate Moosey inspired by Juanita’s Cocina
- Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas by La Cocina de Leslie inspired by Juanita’s Cocina
- Apple Pull Apart Bread with Caramel Drizzle by Cravings of a Lunatic inspired by Gotta Get Baked
- Cherry Tart by Happy Baking Days inspired by Vintage Kitchen
- Orange Rolls by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies inspired by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Caramel Apple Bread by The Foodie Army Wife inspired by Fam Friends Food
- Rosettes by Simply Gourmet inspired by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pumpkin Donut Puffs by Soni’s Food inspired by Daily Dish Recipes
- Chocolate Chip Cut-out Cookies by Basic and Delicious inspired by Chocolate Moosey
- Nutella Shortbread Bars by Kelly Bakes inspired by Baker Street
- Butterscotch Pudding Triple Chip Cookies by Mom’s Test Kitchen inspired by Dinner Dishes and Desserts
- Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream by The Messy Baker Blog inspired by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Angel Cake Sandwiches by Ninja Baker inspired by That Skinny Girl Can Bake
- Soft Pretzels with Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce by Vintage Kitchen inspired by girlichef
- Sweet N Spicy Roasted Spiced Nuts by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz inspired by The Foodie Army Wife
- Cheesecake with Fresh Berries by An Appealing Plan inspired by The Messy Baker Blog
Sunday Supper Breakfast Faves
- Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Oat Muffins by In the Kitchen with Audrey inspired by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Budget Friendly Breakfast Freezable Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwiches by In The Kitchen with KP inspired by Big Bear’s Wife
- Raspberry Hot Chocolate by My Catholic Kitchen inspired by Momma’s Meals
Sunday Supper Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
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