23 March, 2020
Ferran Adria’s ChickenPosted in : Mains on by : Christine
Ferran Adria's Chicken
Ferran Adria is a famous Catlan chef most noted for his now closed restaurant El Bulli. He is considered by most to be the God Father of molecular cuisine but here is a down-to-earth chicken recipe with the flavors of the Mediterranean that anyone can make from this famous chef. And the best part is that you can make it with a rotisserie chicken from the store. It is one of my favorite recipes - Enjoy!
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- 1 T extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 c tawny port
- 1/2 c dried, pitted plums (aka prunes)
- 1/2 c dried apricots
- 1/4 c dried sour cherries (can substitute tart cherries)
- 2 T pine nuts
- 1, 1/2" strip lemon zest
- 1, 1/2" strip orange zest
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2/3 c chicken stock
- 1, 3.5 # Rotisserie chicken, cut into 8 pieces and reserve juices (can sub 8 pieces of home roasted chicken, see notes)
- Preheat oven to 425*.
- Heat olive oil in a large saute pan on medium heat and add the dried fruits, pine nuts and zests. Saute until fruit is spotty brown and nuts are golden.
- Add cinnamon and port, cook 5 more minutes until syrupy.
- Add the chicken, stock, and reserved chicken juices. Turn to high heat and cook 5 minutes.
- Place chicken pieces in a tagine or baking dish that fits them snugly. Pour over sauce, cover tightly and bake for 10 - 15 minutes.
- Use your own home roasted chicken. Cut up a whole bird or use economical thighs. Just season with salt & pepper before cooking, use bone-in meat, and reserve the cooking juices.
- You can substitute dried mangoes for the apricots.
- The cherries can be omitted but its not as good in my opinion. If you do this add a few more apricots and plums to make up the volume.
- The pine nuts can be replaced by chopped macadamia or Brazil nuts or left out altogether. Any other type of nuts will just get too soft.
- Important: If you want to halve the recipe, say only use 4 thighs, don't halve the cooking liquid. It will boil out and become too dry. I also use all the fruit because it is so delicious.
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