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Chicken in Saffron Stew

Updated February 23, 2016
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Cookbook

The Spice Bible

Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Serves4

Cooking Methodstewing

CostInexpensive

Moderate

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Recipe Coursemain course

Equipmentfood processor, mortar and pestle

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturecreamy, herby, meaty, nutty, savory, spiced

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 1 thick slice bread, crusts removed, cut into pieces
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 handfuls Italian parsley, chopped
  • 3 pounds 5 ounces chicken, cut into 8 pieces and seasoned with salt
  • 2 brown onions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 egg yolks

Instructions

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a heavy-bottomed flameproof casserole dish over medium-high heat. Add the pine nuts and bread and fry for 3 minutes, or until golden. Remove and drain on paper towel. When cooled slightly, put in a mortar and pestle or food processor, add the cinnamon, saffron, garlic, and half the parsley, and grind or process to a coarse, crumbly consistency.

Heat the remaining oil in the casserole dish over medium heat and brown the chicken pieces for about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate. Add the onion and cook gently for 5 minutes, or until translucent. Return the chicken pieces to the casserole dish with the wine, stock, bay leaf, and thyme and simmer, covered, over low-medium heat for 1 hour, or until the chicken is tender. Remove the chicken and cover to keep warm.

Add the pine nut and bread mixture to the dish and cook for 2 minutes, or until thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and whisk in the lemon juice, egg yolks, and remaining parsley. Return the casserole dish to the stovetop and stir over very low heat until just thickened slightly again (do not allow it to boil or the sauce will separate). Season to taste, return the chicken to the casserole and gently warm through before serving.

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This is killing me. Please give me the reason why this recipe calls for "3 pounds 5 ounces" of chicken? You're kidding right? 3 and 1/2 pounds doesn't work? Let's try and make cooking a little simpler. Thanks-Joel .

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