Chicken: Portuguese Chicken Ragout

posted by Angel 04-05-102 9:13 PM

Portuguese Chicken Ragout

3 1/2 to 4 lb. chicken, cut up
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 medium onions, chopped
1/3 c. all-purpose flour
2 shallots, minced
1 to 2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 c. dry white wine
2 c. beef stock
2 tsp. tomato paste
bouquet garni: 5 parsley springs, 1 bay leaf, 1 celery rib tied together
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. thyme
3/4 c. pitted green olives
3/4 c. pitted black olives
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3/4 lb. quartered mushrooms
4 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and quartered or 1 (28 oz.) can Italian peeled tomatoes

Pat chicken dry. In a large skillet, melt butter over high heat. Add chicken and saute, turning once, until browned (about 2 minutes on each side). Add the onions, cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in the flour. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until the flour is light brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the shallots, garlic, wine, stock, tomato paste, bouquet garni, salt, pepper and thyme. Cover. Reduce heat to moderately low. Simmer, skimming fat from the surface of the sauce several times, until the chicken is tender, 25 to 35 minutes. Remove the bouquet garni.

Meanwhile, put the green olives in a medium pan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Strain and rinse under cold water. Repeat blanching process 2 more times. Black olives are not usually as salty as green olives, but, it they are salty, they should also be blanched.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Add mushrooms and saute, tossing until browned, about 3 minutes. Season to taste.

Shortly before serving, add olives, mushrooms and tomatoes to the chicken. Simmer, about 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

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