Chicken with Prunes, Olives and Almonds
Time: 40 minutes
Total Preparation Time: 1 ¼ hours
chopped pitted prunes (dates or figs work, too)
1/3 cup dry Sherry (if you can’t find kosher Sherry, use the same amount of apple cider vinegar, dry white wine, or dry red wine)
3 pounds KOL Foods bone-in chicken thighs
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
¼ cup chopped cilantro or flat leaf parsley, plus extra for garnish
¼ cup fresh orange juice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¾ cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons sliced almonds
½ cup brine-cured green olives, pitted
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter substitute or margarine, cut into several pieces
prunes (or dates or figs) and Sherry in a small bowl and let stand 1 hour.
oven to 350 F.
chicken in a re-sealable plastic bag and put the bag in a shallow baking dish.
Puree the garlic, cilantro/parsley and orange juice in a blender, pour over the
chicken in the bag and seal the bag, pressing out excess air. Marinate,
chilled, 1 hour.
almonds in shallow baking dish or pie plate and bake for 5 to 6 minutes or
chicken dry and sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. (Discard the marinade.)
Dredge the chicken lightly in flour, shaking off excess. Heat the oil in a
12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then
brown the chicken in two batches, if necessary, starting with skin side down
and turning over once, 8 to 10 minutes per batch.
Transfer the chicken as browned to a plate and discard the oil from skillet. Drain the prunes in a sieve set over a small bowl, reserving the prunes and the Sherry.
pan from the burner. Add the Sherry (or vinegar or wine) to skillet (use
caution; it may ignite) and cook over moderately high heat, stirring and
scraping up brown bits, 1 minute. Then add the broth. Return the chicken, skin
side up, to the skillet along with any juices accumulated on plate, the olives
and the prunes.
Transfer the skillet to the middle shelf of the oven and bake it until just cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken with tongs to a serving dish and, if the sauce is too thin, boil, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the butter and stir until incorporated; add salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauce over chicken. Garnish with almonds and additional cilantro/parsley.