I had a cooking class last week where we made 3 different chicken dishes. We made Harvest Roasted Chicken, Skillet Chicken and Chicken Cordon Bleu. I had blogged a few weeks ago about the Chicken Cordon Bleu it was a huge hit as I knew it would be the white wine sauce is just that awesome!!!
I had 4 attendees at this class; 2 have come to previous classes and there were 2 new students. I always find it quite comical some of the things I end up sharing with the class. The cutting of an onion is always something new that we practice, this particular class we set a timer for searing chicken so they would leave it alone and let it brown. Another tip shared was if you try to flip the meat and it doesn’t release from the pan to leave it alone. Once it releases than you can turn it over. One student couldn’t believe how long 5 minutes truly was; everyone wants to flip before its time. I see it ALL the time. Let it set and get all yummy before flipping!!!
My daughter arrived from Japan Friday night for a 12 day visit. SO excited to see her after her being gone for 8 months; we will be having several of her favorite meals while she is home. She has already had mashed potatoes each of the 3 days of her being home in America. We literally just finished eating a roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas and gravy for Sunday dinner.
Some of the things that she can either not get or it does not taste like it does here in the states, is bacon, steak and burger. We are all SO excited she is here and are looking forward to hearing all her stories.
1 TBS Cajun Seasoning Blend
¼ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Pepper
4 Chicken Thighs – Bone in works best for this
2 TBS Olive Oil
4 Cloves, peeled and lightly smashed
8 Small red or new potatoes, about 1 ½ inches in diameter
2 medium onions chopped finely
1 Cup peeled and cut carrots
2 ribs Celery, halved lengthwise and chopped diagonally into ½ inch pieces
½ Red bell Pepper, cut into large dice
2 Tablespoons AP flour
1 Cup chicken broth
½ Cup Wine
2 Tablespoons finely chopped parsley
In a small bowl, combine Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Rub mixture on all sides of chicken
Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat, add chicken (skin side down) cook until chicken is browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to plate, set aside.
Add potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, garlic and bell pepper to skillet. Cook and stir 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir to coat. Slowly stir in chicken broth and wine. Scraping up browned bits from the bottom of skillet bring to a boil, stirring often.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Place chicken back into skillet. Cover and cook about 30 minutes, or until chicken is done and juices run clear. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, uncovered about 5 minutes or until sauce is thickened Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.