One-Pot Meal: Chicken with Vegetables

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I like to make this quick meal for Friday night when I don’t want to turn on the oven. It will give you a lot of leftover pan drippings, so use them wisely.


Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

  • One whole chicken, cut-up. Remove skin if you like.
  • About 1/2 c. flour, seasoned with 1/2 tsp. each  paprika and black pepper.
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 6 potatoes, peeled or not, cut into quarters or eighths
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut in 3-4 chunks each
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • Optional: Mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes.

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a large pan that has a tight-fitting cover.
  2. Dip the chicken in the seasoned flour and fry on high heat until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes each. Remove to a waiting bowl.
  3. Place the vegetables in the pan, with the onions on the bottom, and place the chicken pieces on top.
  4. When the juices begin to boil, cover the pan, lower the heat and cook until the vegetables are cooked through, about 45 minutes (see note).

Notes:

  • Checking for doneness: Generally I keep the potatoes in quarters, so by the time they cook through the chicken is ready too. The first couple of times you make this recipe you may want to cut through the thigh, the piece that takes the longest to cook, and check that the juices are running clear. If the chicken pieces are crowded together the ones in the center may take longer.
  • This recipe works well in the pressure cooker. Once the steam has built up, lower the heat and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Add only a quarter cup water, because the chicken and vegetables will generate a lot of fluid. Be sure not to fill the pressure cooker higher than the manufacturer recommends.
  • If you find that the cover (of a conventional pot or pan) won’t close, use foil instead and place the cover on top. After the food softens the cover may close after all. You can fit more in by cutting the vegetables smaller than suggested.
  • Dipping chicken in flour can be messy. Choose a large, flat bowl for this purpose and place newspaper underneath, taking care to keep it away from the gas.

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