Chicken Smothered in Gravy

PUBLISHED ON: 11.14.2009

 A lightened American classic. This dish calls for skinless chicken drumsticks, which have only slightly more fat than breasts. Served family style, this dish showcases traditional American flavors while being healthy and delicious.

Chicken Smothered in Gravy
(Serves 4)
Recipe from Food and Wine

2-1/2 tablespoons canola oil
8-3 ounce skinless chicken drumsticks (I used skinless thighs)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1- ounce bacon (1 thick slice) cut crosswise into 1/4 inch strips
1-1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 large tomato-peeled, seeded and coarsely choped
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 cup 2-percent milk
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 parsley sprigs plus 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees. In an ovenproof non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add to pan. Cook over moderately high heat until browned all over, 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
2. Add the bacon to the skillet and cook, stirring, until the fat is rendered, 2 minutes. Drain off the fat. Add the remianing 1-1/2 tablespoons of oil to skillet, and stir in the flour until incorporated. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until slightly softened, 3 minutes. Add the tomato and tomato paste and cook, stirring until the tomato softens slightly, 5 minutes. Add the milk and broth and bring to a boil, stirring until slightly thickened, 3 minutes. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the skillet; add the parsley sprigs.
3. Cover the chicken and braise in the oven for 20 minutes, until the meat is cooked through. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter and discard the parsley sprigs.
4. Return the skillet to moderate heat and cook the gravy, whisking constantly, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the chopped parsley, pour the gravy over the chicken legs and serve.

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