Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bask in Chicken

A few weeks ago, I visited my first cooking class and promised to try out a recipe and blog about it. Because Santa is just a few hours away, I have to make good on my promises now. Otherwise, I'm afraid of getting a shot glass like I did last year. Granted, I did get some liquor to put into the shot glass, but still.

The first time I had Poulet Basquaise was in Nice. My wonderful host made it with olives. The recipe I kinda followed did not have olives, and frankly, in the cooking class, it wasn't all that much to write home about. I think the olives are a good touch. As well as bay leaves. Lots of bay leaves. I used 3 for 2 chicken thighs, but this could easily be doubled. I used dark meat, but breast meat is also possible, which reduces cooking time.

Poulet Basquaise (Basque-style Chicken)
2 chicken legs, cut into drumsticks & legs
1 onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 large bell pepper, seeded & diced
1 can tomatoes (peeled and chopped)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 c black olives
salt, pepper
thyme, bay leaves

In 1 Tbsp olive oil, sautee onion, garlic, pepper until soft. Remove from heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and brown chicken.
Return onions, garlic & pepper to the pot, add remaining ingredients. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
Serve with rice or quinoa.

My result was certainly better that the original recipe I got in my cooking class, but not as good as the one in Nice. Another reason to go back, I guess. Now that I've officially been a good girl, maybe Santa will even take me to the Atlantic coast of France.

6 comments:

Erica said...

That looks delicious!!! I love all those flavors. Happy holidays :)

tracieMoo said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and Happy Holidays!

Sonia said...

This look really delicious. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Sounds pretty nice. We are just busy making Christmas dinner today (kind of =P).

Cathy said...

I love chicken when it's cooked in that style......u r making me rethink what I want to be cooking this weekend my dear! Merry Christmas - Santa should be well on his way to you right now! Hope he spoils you rotten.

taste traveller said...

Thanks, everyone!

Murasaki: I wonder what your "kind of" preparations are like. I know you've been busy!

Cathy: I hope it was good! & Yes, Santa was good to me. Another fantastic food present!

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