Smothered Chicken Fricassee
To smother a dish is to cook it down with onions. These week, I want to feature two different meats smothered. Let's start with chicken
1 (4-pound) chicken, cut into pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 small bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dark roux
2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
dumplings (recipe to follow)
Season chicken evenly with Creole seasoning; dredge in flour.
Heat oil in a Dutch oven to medium heat. Add chicken; brown pieces evenly on all sides. Remove from pot and drain on paper towels. Increase heat to medium-high; add onion, bell pepper, and garlic to pan drippings and sauté for 10 minutes. Add roux and stir until completely dissolved. Add stock, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes. Taste; adjust seasonings with Creole seasoning.
Return chicken to pot; mix well. Return to a simmer. Cover with lid; reduce heat to low and simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, remove chicken to a large bowl; keep warm.
Increase heat to medium-low and return gravy to a simmer. Drop dumpling dough, by the spoonful, into simmering gravy; simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until dumplings are cooked. Serve hot over chicken.
2 cups baking mix (Bisquick)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2/3 cup milk
Gently mix ingredients just until dough forms. Cover with plastic wrap and reserve until needed.
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