Chicken With Vinegar
- Ready In:
- 1hr 30mins
- 1 large whole chicken, cut into 8 serving pieces
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1⁄2 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup chicken stock
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Rinse and dry chicken, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
- Heat oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a large heavy skillet of medium high heat.
- Brown the chicken on all sides (in 2 batches if necessary to keep from crowding pan). Set aside the pan when finished, do not rinse.
- Place the browned chicken in a single layer in a small roasting pan.
- Roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Chicken will not be cooked through at this point.
- While chicken is roasting, start the sauce:.
- Remove all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the pan used to brown the chicken.
- Add the garlic, shallots, carrot, thyme, and bay leaf; cook over medium high heat until vegetables are browned.
- Add the tomato paste, stir, and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the wine, vinegar, sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
- Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally and cook until liquid is reduced by half.
- Add the chicken stock and any juices from the roasting pan to the sauce and return to a boil.
- Pour the sauce through a strainer, onto the chicken, pressing on the vegetables to get all of the liquid out. Discard the vegetables left in the strainer.
- Return the chicken to the oven, uncovered, and roast for another 15 minutes, or until the chicken is just done.
- Move the chicken to a serving platter, and cover to keep warm while finishing the sauce.
- Boil the sauce remaining in the roasting pan over high heat, until reduced to about a cup.
- Remove from the heat, then add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, stirring just until incorporated.
- Taste the sauce, and add salt of pepper as needed.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken, and serve immediately.
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My New Year's resolution was to make at least one new recipe per week, all year long. This was my first one and it did not disappoint. I used all boneless, skinless chicken thighs because my market was out of a whole cut up chicken (believe it or not). Even though I didn't strain the sauce until AFTER I had reduced it -- whoops -- it still turned out great. Served with roasted potatoes and red onions and rosemary, and steamed asparagus. Forgot to shoot a photo, but I'll make this again and photograph next time. Thanks for sharing a lovely recipe -- a very nice way to cook boring ol' chicken. :o)
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