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.

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

Comments (Archived):

  1. Timothy Post

    Looks a lot like a dish called Plov (Uzbekian originally) over here in Russia. The only change you’d have to make is to pull the meat off the bones and cut it into small pieces.One of my favorites )))See link:

    1. Gotham Gal

      I like that idea. Easy enough to make the change.

      1. AlexSF

        Timothy beat me to the post but I was also going to mention that my uncle makes a similar looking dish called Plov except he uses lamb and adds a bunch of spices. It’s one of my Top 5 favorite things to eat on the planet. This recipe is fairly close except he doesn’t put in berries.…I normally read your husband’s blog but wanted to send you a thank you for the Shanghai style ribs recipe. My friends and I followed it exactly but used beef ribs and it was amazing. Tasted like something you’d pay a lot for at a restaurant. Paired them with some Momofuku-style sauteed brussel sprouts and called it a night.

        1. Gotham Gal

          Love lamb unfortunately Emily doesn’t. When she goes to college, the 3 left standing will be eating lamb often.joanne [email protected]

          1. AlexSF

            My friends don’t like lamb either so I made my uncle’s plov recipe for them last night but used chunks of beef instead and it came out pretty good. Very flavorful. Use sushi rice instead of basmati and cut out the tarragon, berries, and paprika from the recipe above and it should be fairly close.When I lived in New York, one of my favorite restaurants was an Uzbek spot in Rego Park called Salut. I don’t think I ate better for less money anywhere else in NYC.The NYT had a nice piece several years ago about restaurants in that area.

          2. Gotham Gal

            I need to get out to the boroughs to eat more often.

  2. skysurfer172

    What type of wine did you use? I usually go with a malbec or a spicy shiraz. By the way, you should get a commission or kudos of some sort as I am picking up a Le Creuset this weekend. Gotham Gal makes me a better cook. AVC makes me a better coder. Thanks both!

    1. Gotham Gal

      With this dish I usually use a white burgundy (not expensive).joanne [email protected]

  3. CCjudy

    I made the very best chocolate cookies and I want your opinion – will send you the recipeJudy

  4. Erin Newkirk

    Hi, Joanne. Am making this next week for a friend who just had a baby. Any side dish recommendations? No huge rush. I know you are busy this week. Thank you, thank you! Very excited to try this out.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Because there are peas and carrots in the dish I generally just serve this.But, since there is company involved…I’d do a simple green salad.

  5. Erin Newkirk

    Success! Made it this morning and it was delicious. Thank you!!!! Relatively easy to make and I am much more comfortable with spreadsheets than recipes. I totally opted out on the cutting up a whole chicken, though. Went with a whole chicken per your first Chicken in a Pot post. An idea for you…a basics cooking series for us novice cooks? Would love to tackle your Paella but think it might be too advanced for me… Thanks!