When looking at the endless fads and diet trends, and of-the-moment dining delights meant to dazzle, it’s sometimes nice to get back to basics – to the bare bones, shall we say. Kate and Ryan Harvey do just that in The Bare Bones Broth Cookbook, a certifiable food bible of dishes that please every palate and stem from good old fashioned broth. Beyond the rich flavor that comes from real bone broth, “the collagen, bone, skin, marrow, and fat that is extracted when animal bones simmer in water for hours (or days) are the building blocks of life, containing proteins that help to combat inflammation; boost immunity; strengthen bones; improve hair, skin, and nails; and help a host of digestive issues by promoting optimum gut health.” In that case, sign us up! And when you’re talking about crave-worthy dishes such as this crispy chicken stew – whoa Nelly, you may bring us back to basics (and keep us there) for a long time coming.
From Katherine & Ryan
We love lemon, artichokes, and olives, so this dish just makes sense to us. We almost always leave the skin on our chicken thighs so we can render out some of the fat and crisp the skin to perfection. If you and your family enjoy Greek flavors as much as we do, then this stew will quickly become a favorite in your household.
- In a large bowl, combine the granulated garlic, ½ teaspoon of the sea salt, and the dried oregano. Add the chicken thighs and rub the seasoning into the chicken until evenly coated; set aside. You can also cover and refrigerate the chicken thighs and marinate for 2 to 24 hours.
- When you’re ready to cook the chicken, heat the ghee or oil in a cast-iron skillet or sauté pan over medium-heat.
- Remove the marinated chicken thighs from the bowl and, using paper towels, pat the chicken thighs dry. Place the chicken thighs, skin side down, in the hot ghee or oil, spacing them evenly, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the skin begins to brown. Turn the chicken thighs and brown on the opposite side for 5 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
- In the same skillet over medium heat, add the onion, garlic, capers, and the remaining ½ teaspoon sea salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the lemon slices.
- Add the white wine and deglaze the skillet, stirring to loosen any browned bits stuck to the bottom. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, return the thighs to the skillet, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the artichoke hearts and olives and continue simmering for 10 minutes.
- Remove the chicken thighs from the skillet, pull the meat from the bones, and roughly chop. Add the chicken meat back into the skillet and stir to distribute evenly. To serve, scoop the stew into serving bowls and garnish with the chopped fresh oregano. The stew or any leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to 6 months!
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