No More Boring Chicken Please!!

Chicken can be turned into something exciting or can be the most boring meal you have ever eaten.  I have found when you want to add excitement to any meal, start with a sauce to add to your main dish.  The following is a Mediterranean style sauce perfect for using with chicken or even fish.  The addition of preserved lemons and olives adds a depth that you won’t find in other sauces.

Chicken in Olive Lemon Sauce

1 whole chicken cut into 6 pieces

2 Preserved Lemons – seeds removed and chopped into very small pieces

¼ cup pitted Kalamata Olives

½ cup dry white wine or Vermouth

1 shallot minced

1 garlic clove minced

½ cup all purpose flour

½ cup chicken stock

Minced parsley for garnish

Cook chicken over a medium-high flame by itself.  The chicken will release its fat in the cooking process.  Cook both sides of the chicken until golden brown.  Keep chicken warm in 200F oven while you make the sauce.

Drain off most of the chicken fat except for 4 Tablespoons of fat and add the shallot, garlic and cook for approximately 5 minutes until translucent.  Add the lemons and kalamata olives and warm for about 2-3 minutes.  Add the flour and cook to create a roux.   Deglaze with the white wine or vermouth (which is actually a spiced white wine).  Stir until thickened.  Cook this for about 10 minutes to cook off the alcohol and to get rid of the raw flour taste.  If this gets too thick, add some chicken stock to thin.   Serve this poured over the cooked chicken.  This sauce can also be used with fish.  To make this sauce for fish, you will start with olive oil or other neutral oil to start vs. using the chicken fat.

Happy Cooking Everyone!


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1 Comment

  1. Janice said,

    May 27, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Thank you! I just returned from our winter in Tucson with a box of tree-ripened lemons to share with family. I have just enough left for myself to try preserving lemons, Mediterranean-style. If all goes well, I will bring preserved lemons back to Oregon, picking and preserving them as they ripen. This chicken recipe using preserved lemons sounds wonderful and came just at the right time for fine inspirition. Onward to the kitchen to preserve those delightful lemons with thoughts of “Not Boring Chicken” dancing in my head.

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