Chicken Sauce Piquant

Summery sauté of chicken, peppers, tomatoes, onion and bursts of heat from red pepper flakes.

Summery sauté of chicken, peppers, tomatoes, onion and bursts of heat from red pepper flakes.

Ask a Southern cook how to prepare a legendary dish like gumbo or shrimp and grits, and you will get as many answers as there are cooks. Each will explain why certain ingredients or methods are necessary or why it isn’t authentic if they are. Normally chicken sauce piquant is a long-simmered dish with lots of sauce and canned tomatoes or tomato sauce. I wanted to take advantage of an abundance of poblanos and tomatoes in our garden, and this version of chicken sauce piquant is the result.

The dish comes together quickly, sautéing on the stovetop in just enough time to cook the chicken through. The bright flavors and colors are summer at its best. For the side dish, I’ve got a quick recipe for potatoes, feta, lemon and the herb of your choice. Quick enough for a mid-week meal and pretty enough for company, I hope you enjoy.

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Tender new potatoes tossed with feta cheese and brightened with a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkling of fresh herbs.

Tender new potatoes tossed with feta cheese and brightened with a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkling of fresh herbs.

Chicken Sauce Piquant
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An abundance of summer tomatoes and peppers can turn another chicken dinner into a feast of fresh colors, textures and flavors. This quick-cooking dish won't overheat your kitchen on languid summer nights. Use a pastured bird and home grown or farmers market produce for stellar results.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20minutes 15minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20minutes 15minutes
Chicken Sauce Piquant
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An abundance of summer tomatoes and peppers can turn another chicken dinner into a feast of fresh colors, textures and flavors. This quick-cooking dish won't overheat your kitchen on languid summer nights. Use a pastured bird and home grown or farmers market produce for stellar results.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20minutes 15minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20minutes 15minutes
Ingredients
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  1. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat large skillet over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes, add oil of choice. Place chicken pieces, skin side down, in skillet and sauté 5 minutes or until deep golden brown. Flip chicken to the other side and sauté 2-3 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken to a plate, lower heat to medium and add onion slices. Sprinkle with salt and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so. Onions should be golden but not browned.
  3. Add peppers and sauté 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, cook 30 seconds until aroma blooms. Add tomatoes and combine all ingredients.
  4. Add chicken broth and Worcestershire. Stir again and place chicken, skin side up, on vegetables. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Check chicken for doneness using a paring knife. Cut down to the bone and make sure there are no traces of pink juice. Continue cooking if necessary until chicken is cooked through. Plate and serve.
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New Potatoes with Feta, Herbs and Lemon
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Tender new potatoes combine with feta cheese, herbs and lemon juice elevating spuds-as-side-dish to company fare. But why wait for guests?
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10minutes 10minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10minutes 10minutes
New Potatoes with Feta, Herbs and Lemon
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Tender new potatoes combine with feta cheese, herbs and lemon juice elevating spuds-as-side-dish to company fare. But why wait for guests?
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10minutes 10minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10minutes 10minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cover potatoes in cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and lower heat to a simmer. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes. Add feta and herbs and season to taste with salt and pepper. Squeeze lemon juice over all and serve.
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