“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”
Julia Child, My Life in France
That fantastic little “Bon Femme” cookbook was calling once again a simple French cookbook filled with fantastic classic everyday recipes and as I turned the pages I was tempted by so many, but since I had taken a small chicken out I settled on the osso buco style adapting it slightly. The simply dressed salad with dried figs, roasted pine nuts, toasted crostini with warm goat cheese, and a drizzle of honey was a nice for a change as was the simple “Any Day Baked Rice”…what a great and relatively easy dinner.
I have so many marked favorites to look forward to and great fun to have a complete menu from one book. I still prefer the real Osso buco, but until I find shanks again the basic flavors are here in the chicken version and I suppose that the little veal stock even made it better.
No major changes which included a whole cut-up chicken, a few more carrots whole garlic gloves, and whole cipollini onions. Instead of cooking it stovetop, I covered it, finished it in the oven for an hour or so, and stirred in the gremolata before serving.
Osso Bucco-Style Chicken-slightly adapted original recipe link below.
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, or I used a whole cut-up chicken
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 whole, peeled cipollini onions
2-3 whole carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
4 whole garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth and splashes of veal stock
1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed or strained tomatoes,
1 bay leaf
For the gremolata:
2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
1 clove of garlic minced
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the flour, patting off the excess. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until it shimmers; add the chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until brown on all sides, 10 to 15 minutes (reduce the heat to medium if the chicken browns too quickly). Transfer the chicken to a plate and drain off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan.
2. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion and carrots to the pan; cook and stir until the onion is tender for about 4 minutes; add the garlic cloves, carrots, onions, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds more. Add the wine and chicken broth to the pan, stirring to loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes and the bay leaf. Return the chicken to the pan, skin side up.
3. Tuck crumpled parchment paper over the “stew” cover and braise in the oven for at least an hour, test to see if the carrots and onions are tender. It might take a bit longer.
4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together the parsley, the lemon zest, and the remaining minced garlic to make a gremolata. I added some gremolata to the pot and saved the rest to sprinkle over the plated chicken… (I made a little extra)
5. Arrange the chicken on a serving platter and spoon the vegetables and sauce over. Sprinkle with the gremolata and serve.