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Rescued Chicken

I found a slew of recipes for chicken thighs on-line a while ago and saved them because Darwin and the boys all like chicken thighs quite a lot, but most recipes call for white meat.  Good thigh recipes are rare.

Anyway, today was a chilly day, a good one for working in the kitchen, and I decided to try this one Italian chicken recipe.  The short version is that you fried the chicken halfway, then used some of the fat to make a sauce with garlic, onions, thyme, red pepper, heavy cream, broth, paremsan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and a few other things.  Then you return the chicken to the pan and bake it to finish.  Sounded good to me.

I followed the recipe exactly, as I always do the first time.  When the chicken was on a plate, resting, and the sauce was done, I tried some.

The sauce was AWFUL!  Bitter, too spicy, bad mouth feel.  Absolutely wretched.  I went back through the recipe to see if I'd made a mistake.  Nope.  I'd done everything the recipe called for.  Oh, it was terrible!

Now I had a plateful of half-cooked chicken and a houseful of hungry people.  What the hell was I supposed to do?

I checked the fridge.  I'd bought a big box of mushrooms recently.  I grabbed the bottle of Marsala from the bottom shelf--lots in there.  Chicken Marsala it is!

I dumped the awful sauce down the drain, though I ran it through a strainer first to preserve the (extremely expensive) sun-dried tomatoes.  When I tasted one, I found they were quite delicious, at least.  Cool.  They'll be good on sandwiches or something.

I hurriedly chopped onions and garlic, sauteed them in olive oil and butter, and threw in the mushrooms.  When they were soft, I added the marsala and some flour, and then some chicken broth.  This I reduced until it was thick.  Meanwhile, I heated another pan and cooked the chicken the rest of the way through.  When the marsala sauce was thick and bubbly, I added the chicken to it and let it all simmer together for a few minutes.  There!

Rescued Chicken Marsala! It tasted much better.



( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 29th, 2016 04:07 am (UTC)
I use chicken thighs for everything. chicken is chicken, and they tend to be cheaper than breasts.
Jun. 30th, 2016 04:18 pm (UTC)
That's what Darwin maintains.
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