Chicken with potatoes and onions
November 28, 2010 • Category: Main Dish
My friend Kerene uses an expression which always makes me smile: “It’s a no-brainer!“
When I was fretting over a catering job that I felt ill-prepared for, her answer was: “Come on, Joumana, it’s a no-brainer!”
Well, this herewith is truly a no-brainer, Lebanese-style.
Stir-fry some chicken and veggies and add a typical homestyle Lebanese touch of flavor at the end of cooking.
Some cilantro pesto and a squirt of lemon, if desired.
- 2 pounds of deboned chicken thighs (1 kilo)
- 1 pound of small boiler onions (substitute 3 onions, sliced)
- 2 or 3 large sweet potatoes (substitute white baking potatoes or small fingerling potatoes)
- olive oil, as needed (substitute clarified butter or ghee)
- 8 garlic cloves, mashed with a dash of salt
- 1/2 bunch of cilantro, washed and leaves chopped (the equivalent of half of a cup)
- one lemon
- Coat the chicken with spices (paprika, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, salt, pepper) and marinate in yogurt for an hour or longer, if you have time. Otherwise, just skip this step. Dry the chicken pieces and dip in flour. Heat some oil or ghee in a pot and fry the chicken a few minutes on both sides until golden-brown. Set aside.
- Add more oil and fry the onions till browned and then the potatoes. Add the chicken and one cup of water to the pot, cover and cook for 10 minutes until the veggies and the chicken are thoroughly cooked.
- In a small skillet, heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil; add the mashed garlic and chopped cilantro and fry 30 seconds until fragrant but not browned. Dump the cilantro pesto in the chicken and veggies and mix.
- Squirt some lemon if desired and serve.
17 Comments • Comments Feed
Mmmmmmm…sounds wonderful! I will try this scrumptious recipe as we eat chicken a lot and always love to try something new.
On November 28, 2010 at 11:59 am
I like your descriptions in this homely dish….dump the cilantro! Like your friend says..it’s a no-brainer delicious supper.
On November 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm
Sooo tempting dish, very inviting..
On November 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm
That does sound really easy and yummy!
On November 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm
You know how much I love these simple quick meals. They make our lives so much easier sometimes. I like the combination of chicken and vegetables.
On November 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm
This looks like such a flavorful dish! I love the use of sweet potatoes here, I’m always looking for new recipes to use them!
On November 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm
T.W Barritt says:
A nice rustic dish. I’ve become quite a fan of sweet potatoes.
On November 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm
Dear Joumana – You are a Sweetheart! I didn’t know WHAT to fix for dinner tommorrow evening and we have just got back from out of town…here is the answer 🙂 It’s whats for dinner tommorrow night. THANK YOU!!!
Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandlfavors
On November 28, 2010 at 11:19 pm
One of my favorite convenient herbs (cumin and allspice) with simple and clean flavors it’s mouth watering. I love what the yogurt does to tenderize and add richness to the chicken. What a tasty and a healthy dish, lots of great flavor and good for you.
On November 29, 2010 at 9:09 am
I’m back – We just had this for dinner – I used whole bone-in leg quarters and thre in a handful of golden raisins and it was MARVELLOUS!!!!! So delish over coucous that I am definately making this a staple in our home. THANKS Joumana 🙂
Hugs, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
On November 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm
Devaki, so glad you liked it; love the idea of throwing golden raisins in it too!
On November 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm
if that’s not comfort food, i don’t know what is.
On November 30, 2010 at 10:31 am
what a great dish! i love that you’ve flavored the chicken with some of my favorite baking spices, and hooray for cilantro! good stuff. 🙂
On December 1, 2010 at 3:02 am
I am swooning just reading this recipe. Wow – your food is awesome. I am so grateful for finding your site. Thankyou for sharing these recipes with the world. Natasha
On December 3, 2010 at 4:10 am
Sarah @ Semi-Sweet says:
Made this last night with a few changes and it was absolutely delicious! Found your site last week (although I can’t remember how) and I’m SO looking forward to cooking more of your recipes.
On December 15, 2010 at 11:11 am
Un plat original et savoureux…la classe en plus !!
On March 4, 2011 at 6:58 am