Author: Drew

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I don’t know when I first encountered this soup. My father grew up in southern Arizona, so my family was constantly on the lookout for good Mexican food in our area. More than a few places we frequented over the years served small, hot bowls of caldo de pollo, heady […]

Kung Pao Chicken with Spring Asparagus

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that chicken thigh can stand in for pork. It’s hearty, and rich. Chicken thighs’ deep flavor truly lends itself to preparations like the classic Kung Pao – even though that dish is often made with diced chicken breast. This recipe is relatively quick and is […]

Chicken Meatballs in Green Coconut Curry

Everyone likes meatballs, right? They can be appetizers, garnish, part of a or main course. They can be sweet, spicy, redolent with herbs and cheese, or simmered in complex sauces with exotic spices. Chicken thighs make for a surprisingly great meatball. The texture and flavor similarities between the thigh and […]

Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con pollo means rice with chicken, but that simple name does not come close to explaining the wonder that is this one dish meal. Chicken, rice, and flavorful broth all slowly cooked together to make a hearty dish that is practically a homey, rustic take on paella. There are […]

Chicken Noodle Soup

To quote some internet wag with a quicker wit than mine: This week has been one hell of a year. Grocery stores have bare shelves, the news is frightening, and the whole world is basically holding its breath. In uncertain times, I want something comforting and familiar. Something warm, satisfying, […]

Chicken Thigh Tagine with Lemons and Olives

A tagine is both a cooking vessel and the dish that is prepared in it. The traditional Moroccan cooking vessel is a conical ceramic pot, designed to facilitate slow, low, moist cooking. Chicken thighs are the perfect protein for cooking in this method. They almost melt in the pot while […]

Chicken Thigh Piperade

Chicken Piperade originates in the Pays Basque, the predominantly Basque region of Southwestern France, whose culture straddles the border between France and Spain. The flavors and preparations are at once French, Spanish, and of course, Basque. This simple combination of dried hot pepper, red onions, fresh sweet peppers, and tomatoes […]

Wine Braised Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

This dish is an evolution of the classic Duck with 40 cloves of garlic in which slow roasting converts the piquant garlic into a luxurious sweet sauce. However, instead of roasting, this is an open braise – and can even be a easy weeknight meal. Here, you simply brown the […]

Chicken Thigh Marsala

When I was very young, my father was pastor of a large church in a small town, one that’s now almost a suburb of Columbus, but that in the late 70’s was a small place with a small college, a big grain elevator, and a handful of factories. My parent’s […]