Chicken in garlic sauce is traditionally prepared by quickly frying the chicken in olive oil with garlic cloves. The seasoned oil is then served as a sauce. The recipe has infinite variations, though. This version uses less oil; includes wine, saffron, and chile pepper; and is slow-cooked for extra succulence.
2 chicken breast halves, skinned (about 1 pound)
2 chicken drumsticks, skinned (about 3/4 pound)
2 chicken thighs, skinned (about 3/4 pound)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
10 garlic cloves, crushed
1 dried hot red chile
1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
How to Make It
Sprinkle the chicken with salt. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, and cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Turn the chicken over. Add the garlic and chile, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Stir in broth, wine, saffron, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Discard chile and bay leaf. Sprinkle with parsley.
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Good chicken dish. Saffron flavor comes through. I used boneless skinless thighs only. Definitely good to have pasta (like orzo) to soak up the tasty sauce. Used 2 dried cayenne peppers but didn't notice what they added.
Very flavorful and easy to make. My non-garlic and chicken loving man even liked it stating that it wasn't too overpowering. I would definately make this again and easy enough to prepare for company. Didn't have the saffron and don't think not having it mattered much although I've never cooked with saffron before. Served this with roasted carrots. Yummy!
Easy to adapt to any cut or part of chicken, with or without bones. Delicious and even the pickiest members of the family love it. I make it at least twice a month and double the recipe for the next day. It works well with almost any sides. My favorite is thin spaghetti & salad but it works just as well with jasmine rice or plain mashed potatoes & sweet peas.
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