It’s all about the sauce for me, and it’s all about the sauce in this dish. I try to adapt most skin-on chicken recipes to use my go-to protein, boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, but the skin is essential in this preparation.
This recipe was adapted from the New York Times, contributed by Alison Roman. I used red wine vinegar and stock in the sauce and also added garlic. We ate it with a giant green salad instead of the lemon-dressed lettuce in the original recipe but I included the gem lettuce option below.
I served this tangy chicken and roasted mushrooms with crusty sourdough baguette (to soak up the sauce), roasted potatoes, and a dollop of Greek yogurt. Amazing!
Yield: 6 servings
For the Chicken:
- 3 1/2 to 4 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken (use any combination of legs, thighs or drumsticks, or breasts halved crosswise)(I used 8 bone-in chicken thighs)
- Kosher salt and ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 medium red onions, cut into 1-inch wedges
- 8 large garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar or white distilled vinegar
- 1/2 cup chicken stock or water
- 1/2 bunch thyme, plus leaves for garnish
For the Roasted Mushrooms:
- 2 pounds mixed mushrooms, such as shiitake, maitake, button, chanterelle or oyster, torn into large pieces or quartered (I used 24 oz cremini mushrooms and 10 oz button mushrooms, quartered)
- 3 T olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the Lemony Salad Greens with Sumac & to Serve:
- mesclun salad greens or 2 to 3 heads Little Gem lettuces, ends trimmed, quartered lengthwise
- 2 T fresh lemon juice
- 1 T finely grated lemon zest
- Kosher salt and ground pepper
- sumac, for sprinkling
- Olive oil, for drizzling
- crusty bread, for serving
- Greek yogurt, labneh, or sour cream, for serving
- Dry chicken with paper towels and season chicken with salt and pepper.
- Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. (I used a large and wide enameled cast iron pan.)
- Working in batches, add chicken skin-side down and cook until skin is golden brown and releases easily from the pot, 7 to 10 minutes. Using tongs, turn chicken to brown on the other side, another 4 to 8 minutes, depending on what cut you’re using. As the chicken browns, transfer it to a large plate.
- Add onions and garlic to the pot and season with salt and pepper. Cook, without moving them so they have a chance to brown, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add vinegar and stock/water, then use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
- Bring to a simmer and return chicken to the pot, skin-side up, nestling all the pieces in there. (They don’t need to be totally submerged.) Scatter thyme around and place the lid on top. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook at a gentle simmer until chicken is cooked through and tender, with an internal temperature of 165 degrees, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, roast the mushrooms. Heat the oven to 425 or 450 degrees, preferably on convection roast.
- Toss mushrooms with olive oil on a parchment paper-lined, rimmed baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once or twice, until the mushrooms are deeply browned and crispy on the outside but tender on the inside, 15 to 20 minutes depending on the type of mushroom and strength of your oven. (I roasted potatoes in the same oven.)
- If serving the salad, toss Little Gems with lemon juice and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper and arrange on a large platter. Sprinkle with sumac and drizzle with olive oil before serving. (I served the chicken with green salad instead.)
- Remove chicken from heat and season the cooking liquid with salt and pepper as needed.
- Transfer chicken, onions and thyme to a large serving platter, spooning cooking liquid over the top, or alternatively, serve directly from the pot, with the mushrooms and salad alongside you like. Add toast and something creamy if you choose.
Additional Suggestions to Complete the Meal:
- Bread: Slice any good, crusty loaf of your choosing about 3/4-inch thick and toast until golden brown. Rub with a cut garlic clove and drizzle with olive oil. Garlicky or spicy bread crumbs would also be welcome if you’re feeling carb-inclined. I served the dish with sliced sourdough baguette.
- Something creamy: Chicken loves more fat, especially this very tangy chicken. A bowlful of any seasoned creamy ingredient like sour cream, full-fat yogurt or labneh sprinkled with chives is excellent for spooning onto or underneath the chicken, over lemony lettuces and onto toast. I served the chicken with a dollop of Greek yogurt.
- Quick pickles: For a quick, light pickle, toss thinly sliced vegetables such as radishes or fennel with a little thinly sliced shallot and season with a good splash of vinegar, salt and pepper.
Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Recipes
Tags: chicken, chicken thighs, cremini, Greek yogurt, mushrooms, oyster, red onion, red wine vinegar, roasted mushrooms, shiitake, sumac, vinegar, white vinegar
Yes! I have many more weeknight chicken dishes to share. This one uses the genius technique of incorporating pan juices to create an incredible sauce with za’atar, coriander, and citrus.
This wonderful dish was reminiscent of a deconstructed gyro. It would also be incredible served with tomatoes, cucumbers and naan or pita. I served it with green salad, roasted potatoes, and asparagus.
The recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Aaron Crowder, Katie Jackson, and Nick Perkins. I used a sheet pan, substituted boneless, skinless chicken thighs for bone-in, and modified the proportions in the sauce. Fabulous!
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or 4 chicken legs (thigh and drumstick; about 2½ lbs total)
1 or2 medium red onions, cut into 1″-thick wedges
2 heads of garlic, halved crosswise, plus 2 cloves
1 to 1 1/2 lemons, quartered, seeds removed
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1½ cups plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
1 1/2 T za’atar
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest or 1/2 T lemon juice
1/2 tsp finely grated lime zest or 1/2 T lime juice
- Preheat oven to 325°, preferably on convection.
- Pat chicken meat dry with paper towels. Arrange chicken, onions, halved garlic heads, and lemon on a rimmed sheet pan or in a 13×9″ baking dish; season liberally with salt and pepper (remember to season both sides of chicken).
- Pour in oil and toss everything to coat.
- Turn garlic cut side down and nestle it in so it is in contact with the baking dish.
- Roast, “skin side down,” rotating pan halfway through, for 20 minutes if using boneless meat. Roast until meat is almost falling off the bone (if using bone-in meat), 50–60 minutes.
- Meanwhile, finely grate 1 garlic clove into a small bowl. Add yogurt, a big pinch of salt, and 1 Tbsp. water and mix well. Set aside yogurt sauce.
- Remove baking dish from oven and transfer onions, garlic, and lemon to a plate. If using boneless, skinless meat, flip the chicken meat to roast on the opposite side.
- Increase oven temperature to 425° and continue to roast chicken until skin is golden brown, 10–15 minutes more.
- Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Set aside pan with juices.
- Finely grate remaining garlic clove into another small bowl. Add za’atar, coriander, lemon zest juice, and lime zest juice.
- Pour reserved juices in pan into za’atar mixture until you’ve reached an oily consistency (about 3T). Mix in a pinch of salt.
- Spread reserved yogurt sauce over a platter and arrange chicken on top.
- Scatter onions, garlic, and lemon around the chicken; drizzle with za’atar oil.
Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Quick, Recipes, Sauces
Tags: boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken, chicken thighs, dinner, Greek yogurt, gyro, lemon, Middle Eastern, red onion, sandwich, sauce, sheet pan, yogurt, Za'atar
This classic recipe is going to be my new go-to chili. It was easy to prepare, a little bit lighter, using ground turkey and omitting cheese, and is only mildly spicy- a crowd-pleaser. The heat can easily be increased by adjusting the amount of chili powder to taste. It had a wonderful combination of seasonings including cinnamon and cocoa powder.
I used all white beans but this dish would be delicious with any type of beans or an interesting combination. 🙂 We ate it over brown rice with cornbread and green salad on the side. It would be perfect to serve at a Super Bowl feast!
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit. It was part of a “sleeper hit recipe” collection from the magazines’ archives. The collection contains tried and true favorite recipes from back in the day that may be passed over due to blurry, low-resolution (aka unappealing!) photos. I’m happy that they brought them to my attention. I’ll have to try others. 🙂
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
- 4 T chili powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp coarse salt, plus more to taste
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 3 cups chicken stock or beef stock
- 1 cup (8 oz) tomato sauce
- 3 15-ounce cans small white beans, such as Cannellini, rinsed, drained (or any combination of beans such as kidney and/or black beans)
- thinly sliced red onion, for garnish
- chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
- plain low-fat yogurt or light sour cream, for garnish
- Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions; sauté until light brown and tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add oregano and cumin; stir 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high.
- Add turkey; stir until no longer pink, breaking up with back of spoon.
- Stir in chili powder, bay leaves, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon. Add tomatoes with their juices, breaking up with back of spoon. Mix in stock and tomato sauce. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add beans to chili and simmer until flavors blend, about 10 minutes longer.
- Discard bay leaves. Taste and adjust seasoning, as desired.
- Ladle chili into bowls. Pass red onion, cilantro and yogurt/sour cream toppings separately.
Note: Chili be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium-low heat before serving with toppings.
Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Holiday, Recipes, Soups, Stews, & Chowders
Tags: black beans, cannellini beans, chili, cilantro, cocoa, cocoa powder, cumin, dinner, ground turkey, kidney beans, lighter, red onion, stew, Super Bowl
My kids are back in school! I can get back to sharing dishes that we enjoyed this summer (and probably last spring as well). I have quite a few to share. 🙂
This is a fabulous, restaurant-indulgent, late summer pasta dish. The real beauty of it is that it could be made in any season to bring back the taste of summer. It was also quick and easy to prepare- the best combination. The cheese adds creaminess to the finished dish but can easily be omitted for a vegan version.
This recipe was adapted from Bringing it Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating by Gail Simmons with Mindy Fox. I used grape instead of cherry tomatoes, bucatini instead of spaghettini, and modified the proportions. I am definitely going to make this dish year round. Great.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 1 pound bucatini, spaghettini, spaghetti, or angel hair pasta
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for serving
- 1 small red onion or 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced, about 1 cup
- 4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 pounds (about 3 pints) grape or cherry tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cups loosely packed torn basil leaves, plus more for garnish
- 2-4 T finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
- 3/4 cup (6 oz) fresh whole-milk ricotta cheese
- freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for serving
- coarsely ground black pepper
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of well-salted boiling water until al dente. (Simmons recommends 2 T of kosher or fine sea salt in 4 quarts of water.)
- Meanwhile, heat the oil in a 12- or 14-inch skillet or wide, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion, garlic, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Add the red pepper flakes, then stir in the tomatoes and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the tomatoes have burst, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking liquid, drain the pasta.
- Add the pasta, along with the reserved pasta cooking water, to the pan with the sauce. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the pasta is coated, about 30 seconds, then stir in the basil and parsley.
- Divide the pasta among serving plates. Dollop with the ricotta and sprinkle with Parmesan and black pepper to taste. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired, and serve immediately.
Posted in Pasta, Quick, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: angel hair, basil, bucatini, cherry tomatoes, dinner, easy, fast, Gail Simmons, grape tomatoes, Italian, Parmigiano Reggiano, parsley, pasta, red onion, ricotta, spaghetti, spaghettini, summer, vegan, vegetarian
This sheet pan meal was a healthy and delicious weeknight dish. I especially loved that the kale was even wilted under a broiler on a sheet pan. The entire dish is made in one oven on two sheet pans- great.
This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Living. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of bone-in and adapted the cooking method.
Yield: Serves 4
- 4 teaspoons za’atar
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 10 boneless, skinless (about 2.5 to 3 pounds) chicken thighs and drumsticks
- 1 pound fingerling potatoes, cut in half lengthwise
- 1 medium red onion, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
- 1 lemon, cut in half
- 1 bunch (8 to 10 ounces) laminate or Tuscan kale (cut into 2-inch pieces), or baby kale, spinach, or arugula (about 4 packed cups)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees, preferably on convection roast.
- In a small bowl, mix za’atar with 2 tablespoons oil and 2 teaspoons salt.
- Rub za’atar mixture all over chicken. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Add lemon halves
- Toss onion wedges with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper; add to baking sheet along with chicken pieces and lemon halves.
- Roast in the center of the oven until a thermometer inserted into thickest parts of chicken registers about 150 degrees, about 20 minutes, flipping half way through the cooking process.
- On a second parchment paper-lined, rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper.
- Roast simultaneously in the lower third of oven, stirring once, until starting to brown, about 20 minutes.
- Remove potatoes from the oven.
- Switch oven to broiler setting. (I put my oven on Convection-Broil-Max at 450 degrees.)
- Move baking sheet to upper third of oven; broil until chicken is browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Drizzle kale lightly with oil; season with salt and pepper. Scatter kale over chicken and broil until just wilted and thermometer inserted into thickest parts of chicken registers 165 degrees, 1 to 2 minutes more.
- Let cool slightly, then squeeze lemon halves over chicken.
- Remove kale to a platter, place chicken on top; toss remaining vegetables together and serve alongside.
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Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Greens, Quick, Recipes
Tags: arugula, boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken, chicken thighs, dinner, fingerling potatoes, kale, lacinato, lemon, potatoes, red onion, sheet pan, spinach, Tuscan, Za'atar
I made this galette for myself. I really did- which rarely (read: never) happens. As soon as I saw the recipe I had to make it. Such a seasonal and pretty vegetarian meal. The perfect use for my CSA butternut squash and red onions too. It took me a week to enjoy it and was worth every flavorful bite.
The crust was super flaky and fabulous thanks to grating frozen butter into the dry ingredients. Genius. I made the crust days in advance and kept it well wrapped in the refrigerator without any issues as well.
This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Justin Chapple. I used all butternut squash instead of a combination of varieties. I also adapted the crust preparation as well as the baking times for a convection oven. Lovely!
I am sharing this at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #142 this week, co-hosted by Elaine @foodbod and Michelle @O Blog Off. Enjoy!
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
For the Dough:
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 stick unsalted butter, frozen
- ice water
For the Filling:
- 2 pounds butternut squash (or a combination of kabocha & butternut squash), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 1 large red onion, cut through the core into 1/2-inch wedges
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup sour cream (light okay)
- 1/2 cup finely shredded aged Manchego Anejo cheese, plus more for serving
To Make the Dough:
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour with 3/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
- Working over the bowl, grate the frozen butter on the large holes of a box grater. Gently toss the grated butter in the flour.
- Stir in 1/3 cup of ice water until the dough is evenly moistened.
- Scrape out onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Gather up any crumbs and knead gently just until the dough comes together.
- Pat into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour, or up to several days in advance.
To Make the Filling:
- Preheat the oven to 425°, preferably on convection.
- On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the squash and the onion with the olive oil and curry powder. Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the squash is tender but not falling apart. Let cool.
- Increase the oven temperature to 450°.
- Lightly flour the dough and place between sheets of plastic wrap. Roll out the dough to a 14-inch round.
- Remove the top layer of plastic wrap and replace with a piece of parchment paper large enough to line a rimmed baking sheet. Invert and carefully transfer to a baking sheet.
- Spread the sour cream over the dough, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border.
- Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the cheese on top.
- Arrange the squash and onion over the sour cream and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese on top.
- Fold the pastry edge up and over the vegetables to create a 1 1/2-inch border.
- Bake the squash galette for 25 to 35 minutes, until the crust is browned; let cool slightly.
- Sprinkle with shredded cheese, cut into wedges and serve warm.
Make Ahead: The galette can be made a few hours early and rewarmed before serving.
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Posted in Appetizers, Quiches & Tarts, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: appetizer, autumn, brunch, butternut, curry, dinner, Fiesta Friday, galette, kabocha, Madras, Manchebo cheese, Manchego, Manchego Anejo cheese, red onion, savory, sour cream, squash, tart, vegetarian
Similar to my summer vegetable gratin post, this dish also incorporates a complete “CSA box” – plus salmon. It was a light and fresh meal. The salsa was absolutely delicious. I was inspired to make it when I received all of these beautiful tomatoes in my box.
We ate it with roasted beets and red potatoes, also from my CSA box, of course. 🙂
This dish was adapted from the New York Times, contributed by Mark Bittman. I used on half of a small red onion instead of a white onion, my mixed tomatoes from my CSA share, a home-grown jalapeño, and the juice of 1 lime in the salsa. Bittman notes that grilled, broiled, roasted, or even steamed salmon (or other types of fish such as halibut or swordfish) would work equally well.
This dish is so colorful it might just be dinner party worthy too. Ready in 30 minutes makes it extra-fabulous.
Yield: 3-4 servings
- 2 large fresh ripe tomatoes, or 3 or 4 ripe plum tomatoes, or a pint of mixed cherry tomatoes, diced (and cored if large)
- ½ large white or red onion, peeled and minced
- ¼ habanero or 1/2 jalapeño chili, stemmed, seeded and minced, or to taste
- ½ cup roughly chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley leaves
- juice of 1 or 2 limes, to taste
- freshly ground pepper and coarse salt to taste
- 1 salmon fillet, about 1 1/2 pounds, preferably with skin on (can substitute halibut or swordfish)
- 2 tablespoons neutral oil, like corn or canola
- Start a charcoal or gas grill; fire should be moderately hot and grill rack about 4 inches from heat source. Or, heat oven to 500 degrees.
- Chop tomatoes and combine them in a bowl with onion, chili, cilantro, lime juice and some salt. Set aside. (Salsa can be made up to one hour ahead of time.)
- Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. If grilling, rub fish with a little oil as well; put it on grill, skin side down, and let it sit for 4 to 5 minutes, then turn once (don’t worry if part of skin sticks to grill). Cook for about 3 minutes more, until medium-rare.
If roasting, heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat for a minute. Add oil and, a few seconds later, salmon, skin side up. Sear for a minute, then transfer to oven and roast until medium-rare, about 10 minutes.
- Allow to rest for a minute or so, then remove skin, if desired. Turn over and serve, topped with salsa or passing salsa at the table.
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Posted in Grilling, Quick, Recipes, Sauces, Seafood
Tags: broiled, cilantro, dinner, fish, grilled, halibut, jalapeños, red onion, roasted, salmon, salsa, steamed, swordfish, tomatoes