This Smothered Chicken recipe uses a cooking method that yields incredibly tender chicken. The chicken is browned and then braised under a blanket of vegetables in a fragrant vinegary broth with rosemary and garlic. It's falling-apart-tender and drenched in a wonderfully rich gravy.
As the smothered chicken braises, it soaks up all the fabulous flavors of garlic, rosemary, vinegar and anchovies. All the flavors of the chicken and the vegetables commingle, resulting in an intensely rich savory sauce that will leave everyone wanting more. Pure heaven!
This smothered chicken with vinegar recipe combines two of my long time favorite chicken dishes into one: Smothered Chicken from The Joy of Cooking and Fricaseed Chicken with Vinegar from Marcella's Italian Kitchen.
I hope you are as thrilled with the results as I am when you taste Smothered Chicken with Vinegar!
How to Make Smothered Chicken:
There are three stages to this recipe: first brown the chicken in a skillet, then sauté the vegetables and aromatics, finally arrange the chicken in a large pot or Dutch oven, add the vegetables, the broth and the vinegar, cover the pot and braise the chicken in the oven for an hour and a half.
- Brown the chicken in a skillet: Start by coating the chicken with seasoned flour and sautéing it. Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a large ziplock bag, add the chicken, seal the bag and give it a few good shakes to coat. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet and sauté the chicken in two batches, for about three minutes per side, until golden brown. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
- Sauté the Vegetables Herbs and Anchovies: Add the chopped rosemary, garlic and anchovies to the skillet for a one minute sauté, just until they're fragrant. (The aroma is amazing!) Transfer them to a small dish and add the carrots, celery and onions to the skillet. Sauté the veggies for ten minutes or so, until they're tender and starting to brown. Mix in the reserved rosemary, garlic and anchovies.
- Braise The Chicken: Heat the oven to 350ºF. Arrange the browned chicken in the bottom of your large pot or Dutch oven. Scoop the vegetable mixture on top. Pour in chicken broth and vinegar. Bring the liquid in the pot to a boil on the stovetop, cover the pot and set it in the oven to braise for 1 ½ hours.
WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT ANCHOVIES?
I love this quote about anchovies from Kenji Lopez of Serious Eats: "Everybody loves anchovies...it's just that some people don't know it yet.
Anchovies are not universally beloved. I've actually seen people shudder at the sight of them. Admittedly, I'm one of those people who doesn't like whole anchovy filets staring at me from the top of my Caesar salad. But over the years I've come to appreciate their powerful flavor-enhancing properties.
Anchovies are a wonderful, magical secret ingredient in cooking - secret because you don't have to see them or even know that they are present, but you're likely to be wowed by the way they bring out the savory flavor, known as "umami," in a dish.
Marcella Hazan says, in her book The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking: “Of all the ingredients used in Italian cooking, none produces headier flavor than anchovies...Chopped anchovy dissolving into the cooking juices of a roast divests itself of its explicit identity while it contributes to the meat’s depth of taste..."
Still not sure you want to use Anchovies? You're going to have to trust me on this. Remember, I was once a non-believer too!
I think you'll enjoy the incredible aroma that fills the kitchen when you sauté the rosemary, garlic and anchovies. It's memorable.
What to serve with smothered chicken
- I always serve this dish with mashed potatoes or rice to soak up the delicious gravy
- A great green salad rounds out the meal.
- A classic Italian tricolore salad is also excellent with smothered chicken.
Here's the Smothered Chicken Recipe. If you cook this, I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think!Print