Chicken Fricassee With Lemon, Saffron, and Green Olives

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Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep
0 mins
Cook
1 hr 30 mins

From the book The 150 Best American Recipes by Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown on all sides, turning with tongs, for about 10 minutes. Add the carrots, onion, celery, and garlic, and sauté until the vegetables are limp but not browned.
  2. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, olives, coriander seeds, and saffron, and return to a boil.
  3. Cover the pan with parchment paper and then with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is tender.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and keep warm. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the lemon juice, and scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen the browned vegetables. Add the cream and preserved-lemon slices and boil until the liquid is reduced by half or until slightly thickened.
  5. Strain, if desired (though the bits taste great), and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the sauce over the chicken and scatter the cilantro over the top. Serve immediately.