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Quick Potted Spanish Chicken

December 2009
Quick Potted Spanish Chicken

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To get this complex-tasting dish done in 30 minutes, you'll be cooking the sauce and the chicken in four separate pans. Hey, let the eaters take care of the dishes—you cooked!

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 large dried ancho chile, stemmed and seeded
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery from the heart, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A few pinches ground cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 28 ounce can  diced or whole fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 4 small pieces bone-in chicken breast, halved crosswise
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Directions
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the ancho chile and 1 cup chicken stock to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until softened, 10 minutes.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the remaining 2 cups chicken stock and the butter to a boil. Stir in the rice, cover and simmer for 18 minutes. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork.
  3. In another large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, garlic, bay leaves, coriander, cumin, cinnamon and cloves; season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and heat for 5 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a food processor, discarding the bay leaves. Add the soaked ancho and its liquid and process until smooth.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet with a lid, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, add to the skillet skin side down and cook until browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Flip over and add the reserved sauce. Cover and cook the chicken through, 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Serve the chicken on the rice and top with the parsley.