Braised Chicken with Baby Vegetables and Peas

Braised Chicken with Baby Vegetables and Peas Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Look for a whole chicken, cut up. If you prefer the fuller flavor of dark meat, use four chicken leg quarters instead.


4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup vegetables, 1/3 cup sauce, 1 chicken breast half or 1 chicken thigh and 1 drumstick, and 1 1/2 teaspoons parsley)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 324
Fat 11.4 g
Satfat 5.1 g
Monofat 3.4 g
Polyfat 1.5 g
Protein 32.6 g
Carbohydrate 22.1 g
Fiber 5.2 g
Cholesterol 100 mg
Iron 3.3 mg
Sodium 818 mg
Calcium 89 mg


2 tablespoons butter, divided
2 bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned
2 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
2 chicken drumsticks, skinned
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
12 baby turnips, peeled (about 8 ounces)
12 baby carrots, peeled (about 8 ounces)
12 pearl onions, peeled (about 8 ounces)
6 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup fresh green peas
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan; sauté 5 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan.

2. Add broth to pan; cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add wine and next 6 ingredients (through bay leaves); stir. Add chicken to pan, nestling into vegetable mixture; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until chicken is done. Discard bay leaves and parsley sprigs. Remove chicken and vegetables from the pan.

3. Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour cooking liquid into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings back into pan, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Return liquid to pan. Bring liquid to a boil; cook until reduced to 1 1/2 cups (about 5 minutes).

4. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet. Add flour, stirring until smooth. Add flour mixture to cooking liquid; cook 2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Return chicken and vegetable mixture to pan; stir in peas. Cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Joanne Weir,

Cooking Light

May 2009
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