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Menu Plan for Winter I: Week 12, Day 2

Braised Chicken with Rice and Carrots

Cooking time:  2 1/2 hours (90 minute break) for menu       Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     The Chicken with Rice is a simple, classic French housewife's dish.  Everything but the rice goes in the pot and then it's left alone for 2 hours. Leftover chicken makes great sandwiches - or double the rice and carrots for another meal.

Braised Chicken with Rice 

Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes 
     This is a classic in farm houses through out France!  Find an older, stewing hen, if you can.  They have more flavor and the long cooking time will make them tender.  Not a roasting hen, they're too big to fit into most pots. A broiler/fryer will work as well. This will be enough for 2 meals.

braised chicken Ingredients:

Braised Chicken with Rice Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 2 1/2 hours (1 3/4 hour break) for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepan with lid, Dutch oven with lid

Wash chicken
Heat oil in large pot, add chicken, brown
Trim, chop onion
Turn chicken
Peel, slice carrots
Remove chicken, add onion, carrot, sauté 5 min.
Return chicken to pot, sprinkle paprika

Add wine, stock, herbs, cover, simmer
      Go do something for 1 3/4 hours
Remove 1 cup liquid from chicken
Add to rice, cover, cook
     15 minute break
Remove the chicken
Remove the carrots
Dissolve cornstarch in water
Thicken gravy
Combine carrots, rice
Carve chicken
Serve all and enjoy!