Saturday, January 1, 2011

Chicken Creole

Chicken Creole
6 Servings
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning - Recipe will follow
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon granulated garlic
½ teaspoon granulated onion
⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
3 pound chicken, cut into serving pieces
1 - 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 recipe of Creole Sauce – Recipe will follow

Mix together all of the seasonings and thoroughly coat each piece of chicken. 
Let chicken pieces marinate in the seasoning 2 hours or overnight.
Heat the oil in a skillet on medium high heat and sear the chicken on all sides then remove  from the pan.
Deglaze the pan by adding the wine and scraping the pan to release anything that is stuck to it. 
Reduce the heat and add the Creole sauce and mix thoroughly.
Return the chicken to the pan, cover and reduce the heat to low.
Simmer the chicken for 1 – 1 ½ hours or until chicken is tender.

 Creole Sauce
4 Cups
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
3 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon Cajun spice
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons granulated onion
¼ cup dry sherry
¼ teaspoon Tabasco or hot sauce

 Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat and saute the onions, garlic and celery until the onions are soft and translucent, stirring occasionally about 6 minutes.
Add the tomatoes along with the herbs, spices, salt, sherry and hot sauce.
Cook the sauce over medium heat, stirring occasionally breaking up the tomatoes for 15 – 20 minutes until sauce thickens. 
Taste for salt and pepper and adjust seasoning accordingly.

 N'awlins Cajun Seasoning
Yields 1 cup
½ cup paprika
¼ cup black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
2 tablespoons granulated onion

Combine the spices thoroughly and store them in an air tight glass jar in a cool dry place.  If not used in 1 month, store in the refrigerator for up to   6 months.

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