Even though I have a tried and true recipe for this family favorite, I couldn’t resist trying another version- especially a Milk Street version. 🙂 It did not disappoint! It was more flavor-packed and spicy than the recipe I’ve used in the past. This shortcut version uses the broiler to cook the chicken and does not require advance preparation or marinating time. Great.
This recipe was adapted from Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Magazine, contributed by Rose Hattabaugh. I used the suggested amount of hot paprika but would only use half next time. (It was spicier than I had anticipated!) The delicious yogurt-tahini sauce offset the spiciness nicely. Serving the chicken with rice and warm naan also balanced the meal.
For the Spice Mix:
1 T ground cumin
1 T ground coriander
2 tsp hot paprika (or 1 tsp hot paprika with 1 tsp sweet paprika)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
For the Chicken:
5 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 T tahini
2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I used 5 large)
1 medium-large red onion
For the Yogurt-Tahini Sauce:
1 tsp Spice Mix (reserved from above)
8 oz (1 cup) plain whole-milk yogurt (I used Greek whole milk yogurt)
1 T olive oil
2 T tahini
grated lemon zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tsp)
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 T chopped fresh mint
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
chopped mint, for garnish
warm flatbread such as naan or pita, optional
rice or rice pilaf (I served the chicken over brown Basmati rice)
chopped cucumbers (seeded, if desired)
lemon wedges, optional
To Make the Spice Mix:
In a large bowl, stir together the cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 2 teaspoons black pepper.
Measure 1 teaspoon of the mix into a medium bowl; set aside. This will be used in the Tahini-Yogurt Sauce.
To Prepare the Chicken:
Trim the chicken thighs and pat dry with paper towels.
Cut each thigh crosswise into thirds (or fourths if large).
Cut the red onion in half. Slice 1/2-inch thick. (I cut the onion into 12 slices.)
Into the remaining spice mix, whisk the olive oil, 1 T tahini, and 2 T lemon juice.
Add the chicken and onion pieces to the spiced olive oil mixture. Mix until coated evenly. Set aside.
Preheat the broiler with a rack about 6 inches from the heating element. (I set my oven to Broil+Max @500 degrees.)
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lightly coat with cooking oil spray. While the broiler preheats, make the yogurt sauce.
To Make the Yogurt-Tahini Sauce:
To the reserved teaspoon of spice mix, add the yogurt, 1 T olive oil, 2 T tahini, lemon zest, 1 T lemon juice, and 2 T fresh mint.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir and set aside.
To Cook the Chicken & To Serve:
Transfer the chicken-onion mixture, along with the marinade, to the prepared baking sheet. Distribute in an even layer.
Broil until the chicken is lightly charred on both sides, 18 to 20 minutes, flipping the pieces once about halfway through. (I also rotated the pan halfway through.)
While the chicken is cooking, cook the rice. (I served the chicken over brown Basmati rice.) Cut the cucumbers and tomatoes.
Remove the chicken from the oven.
Place the rice in an even layer in a shallow serving dish. Top with chicken and onions; drizzle with pan drippings. Sprinkle with chopped mint.
Serve with lemon wedges, warm flatbread, chopped cucumbers and tomatoes, and yogurt-tahini sauce.
I made this full-flavored Moroccan dish when we were dreaming of a family trip to Morocco. (Currently still a dream trip!) It was amazing to be able to create a tagine-like dish using a slow cooker. My husband actually often asks me if I “need” a tagine. 🙂
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Sarah DiGregorio. I increased the amount of garlic and served the chicken over Israeli couscous with sautéed kale on the side. The chicken was falling-off-of-the-bone tender. Wonderful!
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Time: 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours
1medium (2 to 2 1/2 pound) butternut squash, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and cut into 3-inch-by-1-inch wedges
8pitted dates, such as Medjool, halved
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1(3-inch) cinnamon stick
2teaspoons sweet paprika
1 ½teaspoons turmeric
1teaspoon ground cumin
½teaspoon hot smoked paprika
½teaspoon ground ginger
¼teaspoon ground cloves
¼teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 T canola oil
3 ½ to 4pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed (I used 8 thighs)
1large red onion, finely chopped
¼cup minced ginger (from about a 4-inch piece peeled ginger)
6 to 8large garlic cloves, minced
¼cup lemon juice (from about 1 large lemon), plus more to taste
leaves of 1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
4scallions, thinly sliced
cooked couscous or pita for serving, optional (I used Israeli couscous)
plain yogurt, for topping, optional (I used 2% Greek yogurt)
toasted slivered almonds, for topping, optional
Finely chop the onion in a food processor; set aside. Mince the ginger and garlic in a food processor; set aside.
Put the squash wedges and pitted dates into a 6- to 8-quart slow cooker. Season generously with salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon stick, sweet paprika, turmeric, cumin, hot smoked paprika, ground ginger, cloves and cayenne and set aside.
Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Pat the chicken dry and season it generously with salt.
Working in two batches, put the chicken in the skillet skin side down and cook without moving it until the skin is deeply golden, crisp, and releases fairly easily from the bottom of the pan, about 5 to 8 minutes per batch. (You need to brown only the skin side.) Transfer the chicken to the slow cooker, nestling the thighs skin side up and in one crowded layer on top of the squash.
Decrease the stovetop heat to medium. If there is a lot of rendered fat in the pan, pour off all but a thin layer to cover the entire bottom of the skillet. Add the onion, season with salt, and cook, stirring to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
Add the ginger and garlic, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add the reserved spices and stir well for about 30 seconds, until the mixture is a uniform brick red.
Add the lemon juice, stir well to incorporate the browned bits, then scrape the mixture over the top of the chicken, making sure to include any spice-stained oil that remains.
Cook on low until the squash and chicken are very tender and the flavors are mellow, at least 4 hours and up to 6 hours. If it’s more convenient, you can let the slow cooker switch to warm after 6 hours. The dish will hold on warm for another 2 hours before the chicken starts to dry out.
Remove and discard the cinnamon stick. Add additional lemon juice and salt, to taste, and fold in the chopped parsley and scallions.
Serve with couscous or pita, topped with yogurt and toasted almonds, as desired.
One of my friends is always encouraging me to roast a whole chicken for dinner. Well, needless to say, I have a couple fabulous roast chicken dishes to share! I am so happy that I always take her advice. 🙂
I loved all of the fresh herbs in this first dish- especially because I had tons of CSA cilantro and parsley at the time. The chicken is also roasted over a bed of sliced potatoes- which soaked up a lot of the wonderful pan drippings. Delicious! This wonderful sheet pan recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Alison Roman. I used a larger chicken and increased the amount of potatoes and garlic.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
1(4 1/2 to 5 pound) chicken, or 4 1/2 to 5 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6tablespoons unsalted butter
2tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed
2teaspoons red-pepper flakes
1teaspoon hot smoked paprika
4garlic cloves, finely grated
2pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1/4-inch thick (I used a mandoline)
¼cup distilled white vinegar
1cup cilantro and/or parsley, tender leaves and stems, coarsely chopped
2scallions, thinly sliced
Heat oven to 425 degrees, preferably on convection roast. Season chicken with salt and pepper; set aside.
Melt butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small pot over medium heat. Add red-pepper flakes, paprika and grated garlic and swirl to combine. Let sizzle a minute or 2 to really infuse the butter, and remove from heat.
Layer the potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with vinegar, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a bit of olive oil.
Place chicken on top of potatoes, breast side up, and drizzle with the chile butter, drizzling any extra butter onto the potatoes.
Place in oven and roast until chicken and potatoes are deeply golden brown, and chicken is cooked through, 45 to 55 minutes for a whole chicken, 40 to 45 minutes for parts. (I used the oven temperature probe and cooked the whole chicken until the temperature in the thickest part of the breast reached 165 degrees.)
Remove from oven and let chicken rest on potatoes for a few minutes so the juices mingle with the potatoes. Carve the chicken (or slice the pieces) and transfer to a large plate or platter along with potatoes.
This is a wonderful weeknight sheet-pan dish. It was full-flavored and relatively healthy too. I think I’m in love with crispy roasted chickpeas!
This recipe was adapted from Smitten Kitchen.com, where the dish was loosely based on a New York Times sheet-pan chicken dish that I’ve also made and posted. I increased the amount of ground turkey, and meatball seasonings, size, as well as cooking time. I also used cumin seeds instead of fennel seeds.
We ate it with warm naan, brown Basmati rice, and roasted asparagus. The lemony red onions and yogurt toppings were essential and delicious.
Yield: Serves 6
Time: about 1 hour
For the Chickpeas:
2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 large red onion, thinly sliced, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the Meatballs:
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
3/4 cup panko
6 tablespoons plain yogurt (I used 2% Greek yogurt)
3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 large eggs
4 garlic cloves, minced or pushed through a garlic press
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
heaping 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, hot paprika, or red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
4 tablespoons chopped cilantro, flat-leaf parsley or mint leaves, or a mix thereof, plus more to garnish
3 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 3/4 of a lemon)
7 oz (almost 1 cup) plain yogurt (I used 2% Greek yogurt)
toasted pita wedges or naan
harissa or another hot sauce, as desired
brown Basmati rice, for serving, if desired
Heat oven to 400 degrees, preferably on convection.
Combine chickpeas, cumin seed, cumin, 1 teaspoon turmeric and half the red onion slices on a rimmed baking sheet.
Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
Roast for 25 minutes, until beginning to firm/crisp up. (The red onions will start to get very crispy and charred.)
Meanwhile, make meatball mixture. Mix all ingredients- except the ground meat- in a large bowl with a fork. Then incorporate the meat.
Form into 1.75-inch (about 2 T) meatballs, about 15 large meatballs. (I used 3 small cookie scoop scoops for each meatball.)
Remove sheet pan with chickpeas from the oven (leave oven on) and move the chickpeas to the sides of the pan, clearing a space in the center.
Lightly coat center with a thin coat of oil, either brush or spray it on, just to be safe. Position the meatballs in the center of the pan; I made 3 rows of 5 meatballs. Place baking sheet in oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through, about 165 degrees in the center.
Meanwhile, toss remaining onion slices with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and season with salt and pepper; set aside.
Combine yogurt with remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice and season with salt and pepper; set aside.
When meatballs are cooked, scatter remaining fresh herbs over the tray.
Serve with lemony onions and yogurt, toasted pita wedges, rice, and hot sauce, as desired.
This dish was HOT. Super spicy. I was so excited to get my hands on both sweet and hot Hungarian paprika- and then even more excited to find a dish (Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best One-Pot Dish” no less) that incorporated hot paprika. Well, I don’t know if my paprika was just too fresh…
I am a fan of spicy food, but my family had to slather this spicy gravy with sour cream in order to eat it. A lot of water was consumed as well. I thought that the sour cream in both the sauce and the biscuits would temper the heat- or by eating each bite along with part of a fabulously moist and tender biscuit would be enough…
BUT- after saying all of that- this dish was so wonderful it definitely deserves to be made again. Smell- AMAZING. Biscuits- AMAZING. I would modify the recipe by using 1 tablespoon of hot Hungarian paprika along with 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika next time. This recipe was adapted from a Food and Wine “staff-favorite” recipe, contributed by Grace Parisi.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces (I used 10 thighs)
freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
5 T cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup sour cream (I used light)
1 large yellow or white onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 T hot Hungarian paprika (I would substitute 1 T sweet for half of the hot next time)
3/4 tsp caraway seeds
1/2 tsp dry thyme or 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
Preheat the oven to 425°. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dust lightly with flour.
In a deep ovenproof skillet (I used enameled cast iron), melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in the olive oil. Add the chicken and cook over high heat, turning once, until browned on both sides, 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a plate.
Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the 1 1/2 cups of flour with the baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Pulse in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
Whisk 1/2 cup of the stock with 1/2 cup of the sour cream and drizzle over the dry ingredients; pulse until a dough forms.
Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic to the skillet and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 minutes.
Return the chicken to the skillet. Stir in the paprika and caraway and cook for 30 seconds. Add the remaining 2 cups of chicken stock and 1/2 cup of sour cream and stir until smooth. Add the thyme and bring to a boil.
Scoop twelve 3-tablespoon-size mounds of biscuit dough over the chicken. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and the biscuits are cooked. If biscuits are not golden, turn on the broiler and broil for about 2 minutes, until the biscuits are golden. (I omitted this step.)
Serve the goulash in bowls, spooning the biscuits on top.