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Delicious Spring Chicken with Vegetables

Updated on June 11, 2013
Add these ingredients to chicken to make this delicious chicken recipe.
Add these ingredients to chicken to make this delicious chicken recipe. | Source

Good for company? Normal meal?

5 stars from 1 rating of Spring Chicken with Vegetables

Braising Chicken

I love the name of this cooked chicken recipe because is coincides with something my mother likes to say, “I’m not a spring chicken anymore.” The recipe calls for braising the chicken and making a sauce out of the broth.

This can be a whole chicken recipe, or you can use your favorite pieces. The original version of this recipe calls for “spring vegetables:” baby turnips, baby carrots, and pearl onions. This makes for a more pleasing presentation with all the little vegetables, so it might be worth the splurge if you are making this for a special occasion. However, I think this is the best recipe for using up whatever vegetables I got at the local farmer’s market. It’s always good to have something green for color; this time I added asparagus because it is in season. The original recipe calls for frozen peas added in at the end.

If you are trying to minimize how much fat you eat, remove the skin from the chicken pieces. However, leaving even some of the skin adds flavor.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 6.
Add any combination of vegetables -- 3 cups' worth.
Add any combination of vegetables -- 3 cups' worth. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (6 pieces), cut up
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 c fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 c white wine
  • 3 c chopped vegetables, )potatoes, carrots, onions, zucchini, etc.)
  • 1 T fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 T flour
Sear the chicken to seal in juices. The outside should be golden brown.
Sear the chicken to seal in juices. The outside should be golden brown. | Source
Nestle the chicken pieces between the vegetables. Meat should be partially submerged.
Nestle the chicken pieces between the vegetables. Meat should be partially submerged. | Source
Make a runny paste out of flour and liquid.
Make a runny paste out of flour and liquid. | Source

Instructions

  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, vegetables, parsley, and bay leaves. Nestle chicken between vegetables so mostly submerged; bring to a boil.
  3. 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. Keep warm.
  4. Reserve 1/2 c of the liquid. Bring remaining liquid to a boil; cook until reduced to 1 1/2 cups (about 5 minutes).
  5. Add reserved liquid to flour, stirring constantly until a paste forms. Add flour mixture to reduced liquid, stirring constantly. Cook 2 minutes or until sauce is desired thickness (a thin gravy.)
  6. Serve i piece of chicken with 1/2 c of vegetables and 1/4 c of sauce. Makes 6 servings.

Braising Chicken

Braising is a cooking method that involves both wet and dry heat. First the meat is seared to seal in the juices. Then the meat is cooked more slowly by simmering. This is a great method for cooking bone-in chicken since it can be tricky to cook through without burning the outside.

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Spring Chicken with Vegetables

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 piece with 1/2 c vegetables
Calories 324
Calories from Fat99
% Daily Value *
Fat 11 g17%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 32 g64%
Cholesterol 100 mg33%
Sodium 818 mg34%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Spring Chicken with vegetables is the perfect chicken recipe for a special night -- or a Tuesday night!
Spring Chicken with vegetables is the perfect chicken recipe for a special night -- or a Tuesday night! | Source

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    • vertualit profile image

      Abdus Salam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      awesome, thanks for posting...

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Vespawoolf, I'm glad you enjoy braised chicken. This is the only way really prepare braised chicken.

      rebekahELLE, I hope you enjoy!

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      rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

      The fabulous image drew me in from my feed. This sounds and looks delicious. I love the veggies. This is definitely one I want to try.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This sounds fabulous! I love braised chicken and I like your idea of getting the freshest and most colorful veggies at the farmer's market. Voted up and shared!

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks! It's one of my favorite dishes.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. Rated up/shared and 5 stars.