Sunday dins

 

Chicken in the
Chicken in the pot is an all time favorite.  I am sure I have posted about it before.  I did it a bit different tonight.  I wanted to have leftovers because I am going to be gone this week so I used 2 chickens. It is basically no fail.  For dessert, chocolate chip cookies.

2 chicken cut up
2 sweet onions diced
6 carrots cut into 1/4" slices
3 cups rice
1 bottle of wine
salt, pepper and paprika
spice bag filled with 3 bay leaves and 2 pieces of thyme or 1 tbsp. dried thyme

In a large pot (preferably a Le Cruset) cover the bottom with oil.  Toss the chicken pieces with salt, pepper and paprika.  Put them in the pot and brown.  It will take a few times because you don't want to crowd the chicken.  Set aside.

Put in the onions and carrot and saute until soft.  Add the chicken back in.  Put in the spice bag and the entire bottle of wine.  Crank up the heat until it starts to boil and then turn down to simmer.  Cover and let that hang out on the stove for about 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes, add the 3 cups of rice.  Make sure you really mix the rice in with the chicken.  It isn't so easy.  Put the top back on and let that sit for about 20 minutes.  Check it out, mix again and then put the pot back on again.  It will take about another 20 minutes or until done. 

Once it appeared to be done, and the rice was basically cooked, I just turned off the heat and let the pot sit on the stove for about 10 minutes.  Serve

In the past I have mixed 2 cups of wine with 1 cup of chicken stock but I totally spaced and put the entire bottle of wine in.  You know what, it worked.  This is a seriously fail proof meal and great for leftovers.

Chocolate
Dessert is perfect because the cookies basically make it until Friday before the jar is empty.