Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Braised Chicken Breasts

First of all, thanks for the Foodbuzz Top 9 Votes today!  Glad you guys liked my Chocolate Hazelnut Cake!  Guess I should keep baking things after all!

Today was our last CSA pick-up for the season.  Such a sad day because now I have to wait until May!  This was our first year doing a CSA and we did it through Grasshopper Distribution, right here in Louisville.  If you live in the area, or know anyone who does, I'd definitely highly recommend them!

We also ordered our Thanksgiving turkey through them as well and we get to pick up our lovely free-range bird on Monday!  Of course, my dad is cooking it (Thanksgiving is definitely his holiday), but it's great that we get to contribute something a little different and hopefully tastier than our previous frozen turkeys!  Maybe from now on, I'll have convinced my family to get free-range birds!  Who knows!

Anyway, I've got a pretty awesome braised chicken recipe today!  This comes from Greg from Sippity Sup's recipe!  I left out a few things and used chicken breasts instead of thighs.  I would normally use thighs anyway, but for some reason we just had breasts in the fridge and I didn't want to make a trip to the grocery, so braised breasts it was!


Adapted from Sippity Sup's recipe

4 chicken breasts
1 cup flour
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons, plus 1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup white wine
1 cup chicken stock
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup golden raisins
juice and zest from 1 lemon
1 tablespoon dried parsley
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups orzo pasta
1/2 teaspoon dried coriander

Gently rinse each chicken breast under cold water and pat dry.  In a shallow dish, combine flour, salt, and pepper.  Dredge the chicken breasts in the flour mixture, and shake off any excess.

In a large dutch oven under medium high heat, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Add onions and cook until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.  Remove from pot with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Adding more oil if needed, and in batches of 2, add the chicken breasts.  Brown each side, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.  Set breasts on a plate and tent with foil.

Deglaze pot with wine, and scrape up any browned bits (these guys are packed with flavor!).  Cook until wine is reduced by half, about 4-6 minutes.  Add chicken stock and bring mixture to a boil over high heat.

Add in reserved onions and raisins into pot.  Bring to a simmer and add all of the chicken breasts in, making an even layer.  Cover pot with lid and slowly simmer for about 1 hour.

While the chicken is cooking, mix lemon zest, lemon juice, and parsley in a small bowl.  Heat a small skillet under medium heat.  Add garlic, and stir continuously until garlic just starts to turn golden.  Remove the garlic and mix in with lemon/parsley mixture.  Stir well to combine. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the garlic mixture.  Let mixture sit at room temperature until chicken is ready.

About 20 minutes before chicken is done, you can start preparing your orzo.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add orzo.  Cook according to package directions for al dente, about 7-9 minutes.  Drain and return to pot.

Add 1/4 cup olive oil and dried coriander to orzo.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Stir in lemon/parsley mixture.

Lay orzo down on a large platter.  Top with chicken thighs and any sauce from pot over top.

This was pretty delicious!  I thought maybe braising the chicken breasts would result on something somewhat dry, but this was actually surprisingly juicy!  I've never cooked with orzo before (Andy even thought he was eating rice the whole time!) but it's definitely one of my favorite pastas now!  It paired very well with the chicken and the sauce was quite flavorful!  Enjoy guys!


  1. Braised chicken breasts looks delicious.

  2. Wow! I'm sure this WAS delicious cause it definitely looks delicious. My hubby loves free range chicken. He almost refuses to eat chicken if it's not free range. Thanks for this wonderful recipe :-P

  3. hey! peggy,
    chicken looks absolutely delicious. I bet this was so tasty n juicy. addition of white wine, lemon zest makes it more interesting:)

  4. I love the flavors you put in this chicken Peggy. It looks very hearty to me.

  5. I like the use of raisins in your recipe. The Chix certainly looks well braised :)

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  6. all i can say is you have one lucky fiance! :) he gets to eat all of your creations :)

  7. Delicious! Any recipe that includes raisins draws my immediate attention.
    I'll have to try this one on my husband.

  8. I just love orzo; so nice of you to give me another recipe; keeping this one and will try it soon.Fun to get a recipe with bones and skin.

  9. This looks so good! I love the golden raisins.

  10. Congrats on making it to Foodbuzz top 9! You deserve it sweet girl. And these chicken breasts look fabulous. I love the sweetness! Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you are having a wonderful night.

  11. what a great presentation! This looks like it came straight from a food magazine!

  12. You know, I've had apricots, prunes, and dates in savoury dishes before, but never raisins! This looks might tasty :)

  13. Looks delicious! (And May will be here before you know it - glad your CSA experience was so great - enjoy ur turkey!)

  14. What a tasty & delectable chicken dish dinner!

    MMMMMMM,...lovely food!