I have a new recipe for you all today — now that vacation is over and I’m back to school (today marks the first day of my final semester of graduate school classes), I’m excited to start cooking and sharing recipes again. Especially for dinner!
I was in the mood for something healthy and creative last night so Matt and I came up with an adaptation of a recipe I found in Bob Greene’s book 20 Years Younger. I was sent this book awhile ago via the blog — the book itself is pretty basic/what everyone already knows but the recipes sound good!
Braised Chicken with Potatoes, Lentils, Fennel, and Kale
Prep time: 20 minutes. Cook time: ~45 minutes
This healthy dish is perfect for a winter night when you want something warm and comforting but not heavy.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 3 to 4 chicken breasts (we just used one package worth)
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 3/4 cup red wine (chicken broth would also work well)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 large sprig of rosemary
- 1 cup potatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup dry lentils
- 1 cup sliced fennel bulb
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 1 tsp. salt (omit if using salty chicken broth instead of wine)
- 1 tsp. pepper
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2) Heat a large oven-safe pot with a lid over medium heat; pour in olive oil and place chicken in a single layer. Cook, turning once, about 10 minutes (or until browned).
3) Remove chicken and add onion, garlic, and mushrooms to the pot. Cook/stir about 3 minutes. Add wine, water, rosemary, potatoes, and lentils, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
4) Add chicken, fennel, kale, salt, and pepper. Cover pot and place in oven. Cook 30 minutes; then remove from oven, remove rosemary sprig, and enjoy!
We actually cooked everything in the oven for an hour, which is what the original recipe recommended, but it seemed way too long — everything was a bit mushier than I like and the chicken got kind of dry. I changed the instructions to cook for 30 minutes; I think hopefully that will be better if any of you guys try this, and it will still be plenty of time to cook the chicken through (just check to make sure it’s cooked through before you eat it!). The original recipe also called for a full cup each of wine and water, but it didn’t all cook off, so I reduced that in the recipe too. This is generally how I cook — see what works, change what doesn’t. Cooking is all about experimentation! Other changes we made to the original recipe were to add potatoes and mushrooms, use chicken breasts instead of legs, and to increase the amount of garlic. Next time, I might try chicken broth instead of wine, too — I think it would add a nicer flavor. Plus, the wine made everything a weird color.
Anyway! Tasty recipe. Matt was so-so on it, but I was a fan. Good thing I’m the one eating the leftovers!
I’m off to get organized and then head to class. Happy Monday, friends!