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Milk Street Bowtie Chicken Fricase with Tomatoes, Potatoes and Carrots

Chicken Fricase with Tomatoes, Potatoes and Carrots

Appears in July-August 2021

Chicken Fricase with Tomatoes, Potatoes and Carrots

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It may have a French-sounding name, but this homey, hearty, tomato-forward chicken braise, made with sofrito as its base and with golden rum as part of the cooking liquid, is Caribbean in essence and flavor. We adapted San Juan chef Jose Santaella’s recipe from his book “Cocina Tropical.” Instead of a whole cut-up chicken, we use only bone-in thighs, as we find that dark meat stands up better to braising than more delicate breast meat. We also simmer the potatoes and carrots for about 10 minutes with water as the only liquid; this gives the vegetables a head start on cooking before the tomatoes and wine are introduced. If added raw to an acidic liquid, the vegetables require extended cooking to fully tenderize. You will need 1 cup of sofrito for this recipe, so be sure to cook up a batch in advance. Serve the fricase with rice and, if you’re so inclined, with fried sweet plantains.

Tip

Don’t use a Dutch oven made of “reactive” metal because the braising liquid is quite acidic. It’s best to use a nonreactive pot, such as stainless steel or enamel-coated cast iron, so the metal does not react to the acidity and cause “off” flavors. After returning the browned chicken to the Dutch oven, cover the pot only partially. A little evaporation is desirable so the braise isn't too watery.

1 tablespoon dried oregano
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
2 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup sofrito
1/2 cup pitted green olives
4 bay leaves
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick on the diagonal
1 14½-ounce can crushed tomatoes (1½ cups)
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup golden rum
Chopped fresh cilantro, to serve
Ingredients
  • 1

    tablespoon dried oregano

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed

  • 2
  • 1

    cup sofrito

  • ½

    cup pitted green olives

  • 4
  • 1

    pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces

  • 1

    pound carrots, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick on the diagonal

  • 1

    14½-ounce can crushed tomatoes (1½ cups)

  • 1

    6-ounce can tomato paste

  • 1

    cup dry white wine

  • ½

    cup golden rum

  • Chopped fresh cilantro, to serve

Sofrito h

Recipe

Sofrito

Directions
  1. 01
    In a small bowl, stir together the oregano and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Season the chicken on all sides with the mixture. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the chicken and cook, turning once or twice, until browned on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a large plate; set aside.
  2. 02
    Add the sofrito to the pot along with the olives and bay; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, 2 cups water and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender-crisp, about 10 minutes.
  3. 03
    Add the crushed tomatoes to the pot along with the tomato paste, wine and rum; stir to combine. Return the chicken to the pot, nestling the pieces into the mixture, then add the accumulated juices. Return to a simmer, cover partially and cook, stirring once or twice, until the vegetables are tender and a skewer inserted into the chicken meets no resistance, 40 to 45 minutes.
  4. 04
    Remove the pot from the heat, then remove and discard the bay. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with cilantro.
Tip: Don’t use a Dutch oven made of “reactive” metal because the braising liquid is quite acidic. It’s best to use a nonreactive pot, such as stainless steel or enamel-coated cast iron, so the metal does not react to the acidity and cause “off” flavors. After returning the browned chicken to the Dutch oven, cover the pot only partially. A little evaporation is desirable so the braise isn't too watery.
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Tip

Don’t use a Dutch oven made of “reactive” metal because the braising liquid is quite acidic. It’s best to use a nonreactive pot, such as stainless steel or enamel-coated cast iron, so the metal does not react to the acidity and cause “off” flavors. After returning the browned chicken to the Dutch oven, cover the pot only partially. A little evaporation is desirable so the braise isn't too watery.

Ingredients
  • 1

    tablespoon dried oregano

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed

  • 2
  • 1

    cup sofrito

  • ½

    cup pitted green olives

  • 4
  • 1

    pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces

  • 1

    pound carrots, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick on the diagonal

  • 1

    14½-ounce can crushed tomatoes (1½ cups)

  • 1

    6-ounce can tomato paste

  • 1

    cup dry white wine

  • ½

    cup golden rum

  • Chopped fresh cilantro, to serve

Sofrito h

Recipe

Sofrito

Step 1 of 4

Season Chicken

1
tablespoon dried oregano
½
teaspoon kosher salt
½
teaspoon ground black pepper
pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed

In a small bowl, stir together the oregano and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Season the chicken on all sides with the mixture. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high, heat the oil until shimmering.


Add the chicken and cook, turning once or twice, until browned on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a large plate; set aside.

Step 2 of 4

Add Sofrito

1
cup sofrito
½
cup pitted green olives
4
bay leaves
1
pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces
1
pound carrots, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick on the diagonal
½
teaspoon kosher salt
½
teaspoon ground black pepper

Add the sofrito to the pot along with the olives and bay; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, 2 cups water and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender-crisp, about 10 minutes.

Step 3 of 4

Add Crushed Tomatoes

1
14½-ounce can crushed tomatoes (1½ cups)
1
6-ounce can tomato paste
1
cup dry white wine
½
cup golden rum

Add the crushed tomatoes to the pot along with the tomato paste, wine and rum; stir to combine.


Return the chicken to the pot, nestling the pieces into the mixture, then add the accumulated juices.


Return to a simmer, cover partially and cook, stirring once or twice, until the vegetables are tender and a skewer inserted into the chicken meets no resistance, 40 to 45 minutes.

Step 4 of 4

Discard Bay Leaves

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Remove the pot from the heat, then remove and discard the bay. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with cilantro.

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