Slow Cooked Whole Chicken with Cranberries, White Wine and Fresh Herbs

I love one pot cooking especially in the fall when the kids schedules are jam packed with a myriad of after school activities.  It allows me to cook this in advance, let it rest and then gets a super nourishing dinner on the table super fast that we can all sit down to.  This recipe is incredibly versatile too as I love incorporating whatever seasonal veggies or fruits are in season at that time of year.  As we know, fall is the beginning of seasonal produce such as apples, cranberries as well as the first appearances of oranges as we drift towards winter.  I want you to take the “idea” of this recipe and then use it throughout the year by switching the herbs, fruit, veggies and even the liquid used.  I chose to use apple cider for this recipe because it is in season but chicken stock can be substituted, red wine.  I think you get the idea.  This particular dish was a huge success!  Everyone absolutely loved the sweetness that the apple cider, oranges and the cranberries slow cooked in white wine gave the recipe.  I served this with a buttermilk garlic puréed celeriac which really finished this dish off.

We can eat nourishing meals that are also absolutely delicious by just getting a little organized and then making the commitment.  You will be honoring yourself as well the gift of coming together and gathering around food.  I can not say how many times that true magic is shared around our table over food.  This is where a lot of the connection happens and it is invaluable.

** Chef’s note:  You will need an oven safe pot with a lid

Preheat your oven to 400

Ingredients:

1 whole organic chicken

1 organic organic washed and sliced

1 cup local organic cranberries

2 bay leaves

4 sprigs organic thyme

4 sprigs organic rosemary

2 tbs herbs de provence

4 cloves organic garlic peeled and diced

1 onion washed, peeled and diced

3 organic carrots washed, peeled and diced

2 organic celery ribs washed and diced

1 cup white wine

1 cup apple cider

2 tbs maple syrup

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

2 tbs organic ghee, butter or olive oil

 

Wash your chicken and rinse the cavity then pat your chicken down till dry.  Rub the chicken with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and herbs de Provence.  Rub the cavity with sea salt.  Take a large oven safe stock pot with a top and add ghee, butter, or oil and place the heat on medium.  Add the seasoned chicken to the pot and cook 5-6 minutes on each side till golden brown.  Remove chicken from the pot and briefly set aside.  Now add onions and cook approx. 8 minutes till golden brown, then add garlic, celery, cranberries and carrots and cook approx. 5 minutes more.  Now add the chicken back to the pot then add the apple cider and wine.  Let simmer for two minutes then drizzle the top of the chicken with maple syrup.  Take the ends of the sliced orange and squeeze the juice over the top of the chicken.  Then place the rest of the sliced oranges over the top of the chicken along with the rosemary, bay leaves and thyme.  Place the top on the pot and place in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes, then reduce to 275 for one and a half hours.  Remove from oven and let rest.  Serve and enjoy with mashed potatoes, mashed turnip, celeriac and/or a big salad.

-Chef Emery oxoxoxo

Chicken with White Wine, Garlic and Fresh Herbs

This is the perfect Sunday dinner in my opinion and will gather a crowd for sure.  I also love it because it can be served very simply with a salad or you can get fancy and add a variety of sides.  Think corn bread, sautéed garlicky veggies, roasted potatoes.  Whatever your in the mood for!  This recipe is also fantastic because it is packed with a variety of fresh herbs which is so good for our bodies.  Our bodies absolutely love variety and herbs are such an easy way to provide the body with variation not to mention they have medicinal qualities that are fantastic for us.  The whole cloves of garlic also give this dish some serious immunity boosting power as well!

 

** Chefs Tip – I recommend a cast iron pot with a lid but if you do not have this any oven safe pot with a lid will work.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

1 Whole Organic Chicken ( washed, patted dry and the cavity rubbed with sea salt )

2 to 3 Sprigs Fresh Organic Rosemary washed

2- 3 Springs Fresh Organic Thyme washed

1 Handful Fresh Organic Basil washed

1 Handful Fresh Organic Chives washed

1 Handful Fresh Organic Parsley washed

3 Cloves Organic Garlic with the tops cut off ( leave the peel on )

1 Organic Red Onion Peeled and Sliced

1 Organic White Onion Peeled and Sliced

2 tbs Organic Dried Oregano

2 tbs Organic Herbs de Provence

2 Cups White Wine

1 1/2 tbs Organic Cultured Grass Fed Butter

Sea Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Wash then pat the whole chicken dry, then salt the cavity.  Rub the dried chicken on all sides with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, herbs de Provence, and oregano.  Now take your oven safe pot or cast iron pot and add butter, then place the heat on your stove top to medium.  Let the pot get fairly hot, then add the chicken into the hot cast iron pan.  Sear each side of the chicken till golden brown ( approx. 6-7 minutes on each side).  Once browned, add white onions, red onions and garlic bulbs around the chicken.  Now add all of the fresh herbs placing them around the chicken.  Then sprinkle additional dried oregano, herbs de Provence, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper over the chicken.  Now add the white wine and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Place the lid on the pot and place in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes.  Then reduce to 275 and cook for an additional 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes then dinner can be served!  Your whole house will smell magnificent. Enjoy!  – Chef Emery oxoxox

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Organic Grilled Peanut Satay Skewers

 

Summer is almost upon us are at least it is struggling to make an appearance up here in Maine.  We have had too many rainy days but my mind is already thinking about delicious meals that can get on the table quickly. Grilling is such a fantastic way to get dinner on the table fast with little clean up which I love.  Skewers are also a beautiful way to get kids involved and excited about cooking.  My daughter and son love helping put all the colorful veggies on the sticks.  It is a great way for kids to contribute and be a part of bringing meals to fruition, not to mention the sensory experience of touching, feeling and smelling food.

This recipe is super easy to do and incredibly versatile as you can alter the veggies to what is in season or your favorite ones!  It also can be adapted to be vegetarian/vegan by marinating organic non gmo tofu in the place of the chicken which is also so delicious.

Chicken Peanut Satay

1 lb of boneless skinless organic chicken breast  or organic non gmo tofu chopped into skewer pieces

1/2 cup organic peanut butter

2 tbs fish sauce

1/4 cup gluten free low sodium tamari

1/4 filtered water

2 tbs local raw honey

pinch of sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

Take a medium size bowl or a high speed blender and add peanut butter, fish sauce, tamari, water, raw honey, sea salt and black pepper.  If using a blender, place speed on high and blend till fully combined.  If using a bowl, place all the above ingredients in the bowl, then use a fork to whisk till all the ingredients are combined.  Chop the chicken into skewer size pieces then place in a large airtight container with a top.  Using a spatula, pour the peanut satay over the chicken and let marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.

 

For Veggies

1 large organic red onion peeled and cut into skewer pieces

1 large organic vidalia onion peeled and cut into skewer pieces

1 organic zucchini washed and cut into skewer pieces

1 organic red pepper washed, cored and cut into skewer pieces

1 organic green onion washed, cored and cut into skewer pieces

2 organic portabella mushrooms washed and cut into skewer pieces

 

Wash and cut all of the above veggies into skewer size pieces then briefly set aside.

 

For Extra Peanut Sauce For Drizzling

1/2 cup organic peanut butter

1/2 cup filtered water

2 tbs fish sauce

1 tbs local raw honey

 

1 organic lime washed and cut into wedges for serving

 

Once again take a medium bowl or high speed blender and add peanut butter, filtered water, fish sauce and honey.  If using a bowl, whisk with a fork till all the ingredients are well combined then set aside.  If using a blender,  place all of the ingredients in to the blender and place the speed on high till all the ingredients are fully combined.  Use a spatula to spoon out of the blender and set aside.

Preheat your grill to high.  Now it is time to assemble.  Remove your chicken from the refrigerator and begin to assemble your skewers by alternating varying veggies with the chicken ( discard the peanut sauce that the chicken was marinated in.)  Once all your skewers are assembled, place on the grill and cook approx. 10 minutes on each side till chicken is fully cooked and veggies are roasted.  Depending on your grill, you may need to adjust the temperature to medium/high heat.  Once all of your skewers are cooked it is time to eat.  This can be served on it’s own with a big salad and/or rice.  Drizzle each skewer with additional peanut sauce and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.  The extra peanut sauce can be saved in an airtight container and stored in the fridge for 3-5 days and used as a fabulous quick dressing for salads.

Enjoy!  -Chef Emery oxoxox

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