Wednesday, April 22, 2009

This Chicken casserole will delight you

Recipe of the day
Flavorful is the word for summertime casseroles that make the most of wonderfully fresh seasonal foods. A chicken with sparkling wine is basically a one-dish meal, so you don't have to fuss with a lot of side dishes. A salad with farmers' market greens, some crisp crackers and a light dessert complete the menu.

What's more, you can do a lot of the prep work in advance. Then, just before guests arrive, assemble a casserole -- in a dish pretty enough to bring to the table -- and bake it in the oven, leaving plenty of time to spend with company. And because it's so easy to substitute ingredients, casseroles give you a chance to be creative. Another plus about casserole cooking: The dishes are often baked in portions large enough to ensure tasty leftovers, so you can treat yourself like company the next day.

Makes 5 Servings

1 whole chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), cut into 8 pieces
1 1/4 teaspoons fine-grained sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 pound new potatoes, quartered
1 cup chopped onion or leeks
3 cups sparkling white wine (or sparkling grape juice)
2 cups fresh peas
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoons dill, roughly chopped

Brown chicken: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a platter with several layers of paper towel. Set aside. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Add oil to a large, ovenproof skillet set over medium-high heat.

Place chicken skin-side down in skillet and cook until well browned and skin is crispy -- about 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken from skillet to prepared plate and discard fat, reserving 3 tablespoons.

Finish casserole: Add reserved oil and potatoes to skillet. Cook over high heat on one side until browned -- about 10 minutes. Add onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add sparkling wine and let boil for 1 minute.

Return chicken pieces to skillet. Transfer to oven and roast for 40 minutes. Add peas to skillet and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Dot chicken pieces with equal amounts of butter and let melt. Sprinkle dill over casserole and serve immediately.

Nutrition per serving: protein: 40.8 g; fat: 23.7 g; carbohydrate: 33.7 g; fiber: 4.5 g; sodium: 481 mg; cholesterol: 138 mg; calories: 572

source: Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Jul 26, 2004 by Isabel Forgang of Country Living magazine. Copyright C 2004 Deseret News Publishing Co.

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