Monday, December 3, 2012

Garlic Almond Chicken

This was one good weeknight dinner!  Actually, it's divine, a cinch to prepare and you only dirty one pot which makes clean up a breeze.  You will absolutely love it!

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 chicken leg quarters
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 cubes 1/2-inch cubed white bread
4 cloves garlic, smashed
2 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads (optional but highly recommended)
Kosher salt
1 medium onion minced
1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, chopped

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add the almonds, stirring until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.  Remove the almonds with a slotted spoon to a paper towel line plate to drain and cool.  Place 1/3 cup of almonds in a blender and reserve the remaining almonds for garnish.

Add the bread cubes and garlic to the same pot, stirring frequently until the bread is toasted, about 4 to 5 minutes.  Transfer the bread to the the blender and then add the chicken broth, sherry, saffron threads, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and a healthy pinch of Kosher salt.   Process on blender until smooth and set aside.

Season the chicken quarters with salt and pepper.  Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the same pot and heat over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken to the pot and sear until golden brown on all sides and remove to a plate.

Add the onion to the post and cook until caramelized around the edges.  Pour the sauce into the pot, then add the chicken back to the pot, pushing it down into the sauce.  Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

So delicious and divine!  You'll love this!

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Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I'm always drawn to anything with sherry. There's just something about sherry that give a dish a special touch. And one dish? Count me in.

Pam said...

I love sherry for cooking too!

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

I like the leg quarters. Cheaper and moister than breast meat to me.

David said...

Katherine, This chicken entree looks and sounds just terrific! Sherry and garlic...with almonds slivers...great! Laurie prefers the dark meat too, especially the thighs. I get stuck with the drumsticks... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Chris said...

Only mess up one pot? What kind of cook are you? that doesn't have Alexis behind you to clean up ;) :) :0

Actually I'm kidding, I do most of my own kitchen disaster clean up:)

The recipe sounds delightful, perfect with some rice pilaf and green beans for a fancy dinner but quick too. I like that.