Friday, January 16, 2015

Blue Skies and Chicken Thighs

We're gonna spend some time in the kitchen making a cheap, but tremendous tasting meal.

Never argue with a chance to fix chicken!


1 tablespoon olive oil 4 chicken thighs
1 tsp herbs de province
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons butter
16 ounces button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced yellow onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 cups chicken stock
White & long grain rice
Green beans

Do your cutting.

Set a 10-inch, straight-sided saute pan over medium-high heat and add the oil. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Place the chicken, skin side down in the pan and sear until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the chicken over and sear on the second side for another 3 to 4 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pan and add the butter and mushrooms.

Saute the mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until browned and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and saute for 3 to 4 minutes.

Sprinkle the flour into the pan and cook, stirring often to make a light brown paste, about 4 to 5 minutes. This paste coating will help to thicken the sauce.


Add the ketchup, stock and herbs to the pan, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.

Return the chicken to the pan, skin side down and cook the chicken for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook until the meat is very tender, about 30 minutes. Serve the chicken over rice and garnish with the chopped parsley.

During the last 30 minutes of cooking, prepare the rice and the green beans.

While this takes a long time on the stove top, the warmth of the kitchen proves to be very welcome at this time of the year.
So happy to serve this to my Master!

Thinking about thighs reminded slave of that great album by Bette Midler: “Thighs and Whispers”. While slave loved her song “Knight in Black Leather” what was most striking was her savvy in recreating a classic instrumental from the big band era: "Big Noise from Winnetka".
Bob Crosby and His Bob Cats had been playing a gig in Chicago back in 1938. When the rest of the band members were late coming back from a break: the bass player and drummer came up with this rift off the top of their heads.
It is best known as the instrumental where the drummer, drums on the strings of the Bass. It became an instant classic and has been re-recorded often.

Have a listen to this wild genus, smile and dance around in the stove while this simmers away! You Sexy DOG!

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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