Sunday, August 3, 2014

Smothered Chicken

Smothered chicken is a staple southern dish and a soul food favorite.   The delicious yet simple sauce is made from a combination of onions, flour, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, chicken broth, butter milk and hot sauce.  Simmer the chicken in the sauce until perfectly cooked and serve up some classic southern comfort food. Enjoy.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes


1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
3 Garlic Cloves sliced
4 Chicken Pieces (legs and thighs)
1 Onion chopped
2 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
3 Cups Chicken Broth
3/4 Cup Buttermilk
2 Teaspoons hot sauce
2 Tablespoons Agave

In a large deep skillet heat the vegetable oil over high heat.  Toss in the garlic and stir fry until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes).  Remove the garlic from the pan and discard.  Add the chicken to the pan and brown the meat on all sides (about 2-3 minutes on each side).   Remove the browned chicken from the pan and set aside.

Add the onions to the pan and stir fry until the onions are soft and translucent (about 4 minutes).  Add the flour, onion powder, cayenne pepper and paprika to the hot pan and quickly stir the mixture with the onions until fragrant (about 1 minute).  Slowly pour the chicken broth into the pan while continuously stirring the ingredients to prevent the flour from forming lumps.  Once well combined pour the butter milk, hot sauce and agave into the pan and give the ingredients a quick stir.  Return the chicken to the pan and lower the heat to a slow simmer.  Cover the pan and let cook for another 20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and fork tender.

Serve the chicken with the sauce smothered on top.  Enjoy.