March 22, 2011

Citrus Chicken Fricassee and Blanched New Potatoes

No smoky kitchen tonight!  It was all clear.  Another Cuisine Lite recipe was on the menu for tonight's dinner.  I'm still happy I paid the $10 for this magazine!  Although, I have to admit that tonight's dish was very involved and if I would have read the recipe before I started I would have saved it for the weekend.  It was so involved in fact, that looking through the pictures, I forgot about some of the pictures I had taken.  Whew!  Nevertheless; it was a light and springy meal and also light in calories, full of flavor and extremely yummylicious. 

Citrus Chicken Fricassee with Creamy Citrus Sauce

Yields 6 servings

For the Fricassee
4 lb. bone-in chicken pieces (white and dark meat)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup each 1-inch chunks onion and carrot
1 cup each chopped orange and lemon
1/2 cup 1-inch chunks celery
2 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

For the Sauce
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup each fresh lemon juice and dry white wine
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 heavy cream
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley

Prepare chicken, removing skin and excess fat; cut breast pieces in half.

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high.  Sear half the chicken pieces, 5 minutes per side; transfer to a platter.  Sear and remove remaining chicken.  Pour off all fat ; return pot to burner.

Add onion, carrot, chopped orange, chopped lemon, celery, garlic, and bay leaf to the pot.  Cover; reduce heat to medium-low and sweat, 10 minutes.

Stir in tomato paste, cook 2 minutes.  Add flour, stir to coat and cook 1 minute.

Add broth, orange and lemon juice, wine, and honey, scraping up bits from the bottom of the pot.

Bring to a simmer, add the dark meat chicken, cover, and simmer 10 minutes.  Then add the white meat chicken, cover, and simmer another 10 minutes.

Simmer chicken until cooked through, about 20 minutes, then transfer chicken to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm.  Strain sauce into a bowl, discard the solids, and return sauce to the pot over medium-low heat.

Blend cream and yolk in a bowl, then whisk in 1/2 cup strained sauce.  Whisk cream mixture into the pot and bring to a simmer, stirring until thickened, 3 minutes, being careful not to boil.  Season sauce with salt and pepper.

To serve, place 1 large or 2 small chicken pieces in each of the shallow serving bowls, then top with some of the blanched vegetables (recipe below) and sauce.

Garnish with parsley.

Per serving: Calories 382; Total Fat 14g; Cholesterol 208mg; Sodium 377mg; Protein 51g

Blanched New Potatoes and Baby Vegetables

8 oz. red new potatoes, quartered
1 lb. mixed baby vegetables, such as payypan and zucchini squash, baby carrots, and haricot verts

Boil potatoes until fork-tender, 10 minutes, then remove using a slotted spoon to shock in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.

Cook baby vegetables in the same boiling water until tender, about 5 minutes; shock in ice water, then drain.  Combine with potatoes and serve.

Per serving: Calories 49; Total Fat 0; Sodium 15mg; Cholesterol 0mg; Protein 2g

Look who made a visit in this picture! He sits on my stove and smiles at me while I make dinner every night. I decided to include him in my picture.  He was rather pleased with himself as you can clearly see!

~ Enjoy!


  1. This dinner looks fantastic. You've just made me very very hungry.

  2. oh my what a delightful meal and such colorful mouth watering pictures I can eat this for breakfast!

  3. Anonymous25.3.11

    My kind of recipe!
    will definitely try soon


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