Spring Coq Au Vin (Spring Chicken)
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Serves: Serves 4
 
Ingredients
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1½ lbs.)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 leek, cleaned and sliced (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ lb. fresh grean beans, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup dry rose wine
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup quartered artichoke hearts (about 3 whole hearts)
  • ¾ cup shelled English peas
Instructions
  1. Liberally season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet to a medium-high heat. Add butter. Once butter has melted and skillet it very hot, add chicken. Cook chicken until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Once you put the chicken down, do not move it until it easily releases from the pan. Typically once it's perfectly golden brown, it will release from the skillet. Once the chicken is brown, remove from skillet and transfer to a plate.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the leeks and salt to the pan. Saute until leeks have slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and green beans, toss with leeks. Once beans turn bright green, add the rose wine. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half.
  4. Add the chicken stock, artichoke heart and peas. Stir. Nestle the chicken back in the pan, along with any accumulated juices. Let simmer another 5 mintues or so until chicken is done cooking and peas are cooked.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Notes
If you want the braising liquid a little bit thicker. Whisk one tablespoon of flour to ¼ cup of the chicken stock before you add it to the wine and veggies. Add the remaining chicken stock to the pan with the veggies, and then slowly whisk in the chicken stock with the flour. This will help the sauce become thicker.
Recipe by Cooking for Keeps at http://www.cookingforkeeps.com/spring-coq-au-vin-spring-chicken/