Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lemon-thyme chicken and green beans

You're probably all sick of hearing me sing the praises of my slow cooker. Well, too bad! I'm all kinds of sick, and I wanted to put together a hassle-free one-pot meal. So here ya go! Green beans are one of the only non-starchy vegetables that holds up beautifully with long, slow cooking.

I tossed a pound of fresh green beans with half a can of stewed tomatoes (I used the ones marked "fancy sliced", but you could just buy the whole ones and break them up with you hands), 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. If you can't find smoked paprika, you can use regular paprika or even a little liquid smoke if that's your thing. You could also add some chopped bacon but it's already going to stew in all those chicken juices. Oh, and I added a shallot cut into chunks but I think that frozen pearl onions would work even better. I poured 1/2 cup water over the whole thing.

Next, I combined the zest of one lemon, finely minced, 1/2 tbs fresh chopped thyme, and 2-3 cloves garlic, minced or pushed through a press. I added enough extra-virgin olive oil to hold everything together plus salt and pepper. Loosen the skin on the chicken breast so that you can slip this paste underneath and then rub the rest over the legs and thighs.

After this I coated the chicken in a thick layer of paprika along with more salt and pepper. If you're a freak, truss the chicken, but as you can see I just tie the legs together. Let it cook while you're at work, say 9 hours or so, then broil the chicken on high for two minutes to crisp the skin.

And there you see the finished product: tender, juicy lemon-thyme chicken with buttery green beans on the side. I also added a dollop of Better Than Gravy chicken gravy, the only mix that doesn't taste nasty (chicken is the first ingredient!). Perfection!


MrOrph said...

Now that's how you have a chicken!

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