Country Chicken with Gnocchi

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country chicken with gnocchi

Think outside the box with this Country Chicken with Gnocchi. Gnocchi doesn’t always have Italian served just with a sauce of tomato or pesto.

Country Chicken with Gnocchi

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces (skin on, skin off, your choice)
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup peas (fresh or frozen, thawed if frozen)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth, or homemade
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de provence (or more to taste *see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 package potato gnocchi
  • *note: Herbes de Provence is a combination of basil, fennel, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme. You could also substitute bouquet garni.

Method

Step 1

Season the chicken well with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat; add the chicken, and fry until brown. Turn chicken and add the onion and garlic, saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the carrot; sprinkle with salt and pepper, herbes de Provence, and tarragon.

Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half; about 5 minutes.

Add chicken stock, reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Uncover and add the peas; continue to cook 5 minutes longer, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Step 2

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.

Remove the cooked chicken to a platter; keep warm.

Step 3

Add the gnocchi to the boiling water, when they rise to the surface, remove with a slotted spoon; add to the sauce in the skillet; simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, mixing gently with the sauce until well coated. Taste, adjust seasonings, and serve along-side the chicken.

 

Country Chicken with Gnocchi

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I hate it when people pigeonhole an ingredient.  Most ingredients are much more versatile then we give them credit for.

Take gnocchi for instance. 

Gnocchi is almost always thought of as an Italian dish, to be served with tomato sauce or pesto. But also makes an excellent side in place of a standard potato or rice dish as I did in this Country Chicken with Gnocchi.

Sautéed spinach makes a great accompaniment mixing many flavors and textures.

I made this dish using a whole chicken, but you could make it using just thighs, leg/thigh combo, or just breast.  Taking the skin off, or leaving it on is up to you; of course, we all know that no skin is less fat, and in this preparation, I’m not sure it adds anything to the dish as cooked skin in broth tends to just make it rubbery.  I would take it off, but as I said, it’s your dish, so it’s entirely up to you.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Country Chicken with Gnocchi

country chicken with gnocchi

Think outside the box with this Country Chicken with Gnocchi. Gnocchi doesn’t always have Italian served just with a sauce of tomato or pesto

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces (skin on, skin off, your choice)
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup peas (fresh or frozen, thawed if frozen)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth, or homemade
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence (or more to taste *see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 package potato gnocchi
  • *note: Herbes de Provence is a combination of basil, fennel, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme. You could also substitute bouquet garni.

Instructions

Step 1

Season the chicken well with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat; add the chicken, and fry until brown. Turn chicken and add the onion and garlic, saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the carrot; sprinkle with salt and pepper, herbes de Provence, and tarragon. 

Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half; about 5 minutes.

Add chicken stock, reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Uncover and add the peas; continue to cook 5 minutes longer, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Step 2

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.

Remove the cooked chicken to a platter; keep warm.

Step 3

Add the gnocchi to the boiling water, when they rise to the surface, remove with a slotted spoon; add to the sauce in the skillet; simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, mixing gently with the sauce until well coated. Taste, adjust seasonings and serve along-side the chicken.


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