A cold front moved through the south this weekend. It snowed in Atlanta and dropped to 29˚ here. Blankets, hot chocolate and comfort food are called for when it drops below freezing in Florida. My recipe for Baked Chicken with Sausage and Potatoes will comfort everyone-guests because it is so delicious and the cook because it is so easy to make.
I used thighs because they add a richer flavor and were on sale. You could use breast if you wish, but make sure to adjust the cooking time. You could also throw in carrots, fresh green beans or mushrooms (or all three) with the potatoes. The vinegar can be omitted or replaced with wine or lemon juice. It just adds a little tang that I find pleasant. I also like to amp the flavor up and use more oregano and spicy sausage!
|Chicken and Sausage with Potatoes|
Time: Prep: 10 minutes Cooking: 40-45 minutes
Hardware: A cutting board and knife, measuring spoons and cups, an oven mitt, a skillet that can be used on top of the stove and in the oven, a large wooden spoon, a slotted spoon, a serving dish, a whisk and a thermometer
- 1 ½ pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- Salt& pepper
- Oil for the bottom of the pan
- 1 pound baby potatoes
- 1 small onion (4-6 ounces)
- ½ pound ground breakfast sausage (I used spicy)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 ½ cups liquid (1 used chicken broth)
- A splash of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of something green for garnish (I used parsley, but you could use chives, green onions or even finely minced celery)
- Pre-heat the oven to 350˚. Pour enough oil into the bottom of the skillet to completely cover it.
- Mince the herbs and garlic. Scrub and half the potatoes. Quarter the onion. Separate the onion layers. Toss everything into the skillet, lightly salt and place it into the oven for 15 minutes. This is necessary because the potatoes take longer to cook than the meat does.
- Cut the thighs into large pieces (the size of golf balls) and salt & pepper liberally. Separate the sausage so that it isn’t one big clump.
- Carefully remove the skillet from the oven. Stir carefully. Toss in the chicken and sausage. Sprinkle on the herbs. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into a piece of chicken reads 165˚.
- Carefully remove the skillet from the oven. Using the slotted spoon, remove everything from the skillet and into the large serving bowl. Break up the sausage. Don’t worry if little bits stick to the skillet. You want that.
- Place the skillet on the stove over medium high to melt the butter. Whisk in the flour, scraping all the stuck on brown bits. Slowly add the liquid, whisking the whole time. Make sure to scrap the sides and bottom of the skillet. Stir in the splash of vinegar. This should create a gravy. Taste and adjust the salt. Pour the gravy over the meat and potatoes in the serving bowl.
- Serve warm. Sprinkle on the green garnish just before serving.