Oven Braised Dishes

Stroganoff Style Mushroom Chicken

Hi. While you’re here, check out my other food project – The Weekly Menu. Stroganoff might be one of those dishes you associate with a steam table, or 1950’s convenience  foods – but I love the stuff.  To be honest, I like almost any dish loaded with sour cream.  Chili?  […]

Red Sauce Spaghetti and Chicken Thigh Meatballs

Wait, chicken thigh meatballs? You’re kidding, right?  No. I’m not. This is another in my series of “chicken thighs are a great stand in for other meats” recipes.  In this case, again, they’re standing in for pork.  Or maybe veal. Or both.   Italian American Spaghetti and Meatballs is classic comfort […]

Ce N’est Pas un Coq au Vin

The classic French coq au vin is prepared with an old rooster, that is tough but full of flavor when cooked properly. This is not coq au vin. An old rooster is essentially impossible to come by in an American market, and if you happen to live on a farm, […]

Chicken Braised with Apples, Bacon, and Cider

Every once in a while someone asks me what my favorite chicken thigh dish is. I should probably say “well, that’s hard” but it’s not. This is it. This is my favorite chicken thigh dish. Sure, it’s something you could make with skin on breasts, or even an airline breast […]

Chicken á la Creme

It’s suddenly gotten cold again across much of the U.S. We’re all stuck inside, and falling into a rut. Also everyone’s suddenly taken up making sourdough bread. So … this seems like a great time to post a dish that’s both a perfect cold weather warmer, feels sort of decadent, […]

Chicken Pastis

Given the state of my social media feeds and food sites the last few weeks, I should have written about sourdough bread baking instead of chicken. Folks would be flocking here. Get it? Flocking, you know, like chickens. I’ll be here all week folks. And the week after that, 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 […]

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 in Fish Sauce Caramel

To the uninitiated , Fish Sauce Caramel sounds like a 10-year old’s gross-out joke. It’s not. This Vietnamese sauce is one of the truly amazing flavor combinations  of the culinary world. Funky, sweet, rich, and satisfying, it has more in common with sweet soy sauce than ice cream toppings. In […]

Chicken with Lemon, Tomatoes, and Honey

This simple, sweet and sour braise is a riff on a pork chop dish my mother prepared often when I was a child and today it has become a favorite in our house. Unlike the thin, dry, grocery store pork chops that Mom used, rich, flavorful chicken thighs are the […]