Savory, homestyle chicken in red wine vinegar sauce, with the secret to crisp brown skin.
This homestyle braised chicken is a simple French-inspired dish you can make with pantry staples like red wine vinegar, shallots and tomato paste.
And while we’re at it, do you want to know the secret to getting a crisp skin on chicken?
Read on — you’ll be surprised that the method is pretty simple.
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My favorite trick in the book is the method of generously pre-seasoning meat (and fish) with salt, often well in advance of cooking.
The thought of not only planning the next day’s dinner in advance (and actually starting to prepare it too) seems like one more good intention gone astray.
BUT, in this case the “preparation” involves taking chicken out of the package, sprinkling it with salt, putting it back into the refrigerator and forgetting about it for 24 hours.
Yup. Trust me, it’s totally doable. And that simple step has a big impact on the outcome.
Also, letting the chicken sit in the refrigerator uncovered dries the skin, which is the secret to good, even browning and minimal sticking to the pan.
If you’re really short on time, salt the chicken an hour before cooking — you’ll still end up with a delicious dish.
After searing the chicken in a hot pan, the wine and vinegar go in and deglaze the pan.
All that good brown stuff merges with everything else, layering the flavors.
As the chicken cooks, the meat gets tender and the liquid reduces just enough to make a delicious, savory sauce.
Serve this delicious chicken with crusty bread or roasted potatoes on the side.
To get brown, crisp chicken, follow a few simple steps:
- Unwrap chicken from its packaging. Blot the chicken skin dry.
- Season the chicken with salt, then let it sit uncovered in the refrigerator for an hour or overnight.
- Heat your pan to temperature before adding the cooking oil and chicken
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 132 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 29mg Sodium: 859mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 7g
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