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Mediterranean Braised Poussin with Polenta recipe

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Steve cooks a classic Mediterranean dish. Simple, packed with flavor and very tasty.
  Poussin/Cornish hen 750 Gram (3 Poussins/Cornish hens (per person))
  Salt and pepper To Taste
For sauce
  Spanish chorizo 37 Gram, thinly sliced
  Red onion 2 Small, sliced
  Kumato 250 Gram, sliced
  Banana peppers 2 , thinly sliced
  Garlic cloves 2 Large
  Red wine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (merlot)
  Fresh chicken stock 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Rosemary sprig 3 , chop (leave 1 whole sprig)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Chili flakes 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Optional)
For polenta
  Polenta 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Fresh chicken stock 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Ground black pepper To Taste
  Unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon

1. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the chicken. Drizzle olive oil and coat it evenly.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degree F.

3. Place a pan on heat, and sear chicken in it. Shake to avoid chicken from sticking at the bottom of the pan. Remove from pan, and place it in a baking dish.
4. In the same pan, on medium heat, pour oil, add onion, chorizo, rosemary, banana pepper, salt, ground black pepper and chili flakes. Give it a good stir. Cook for about 5 minutes.
5. Pour red wine and deglaze the pan. Cook for 2 minutes.
6. Add chicken stock and kumato. Bring it to a boil and turn the heat off.
7. Transfer onion mixture into the baking dish with chicken.
8. Throw garlic cloves with skin on, and rosemary sprig in it. Pop it in oven for 1 hour.
9. For polenta, in a saucepan bring chicken stock to a rolling boil.
10. Whisk constantly and add polenta in it, a little at a time to avoid lumps.
11. Sprinkle salt, turn the heat to low , keep whisking and cook for about 45-50 minutes.
12. Add butter and ground black pepper. Mix well.
13. Remove the chicken from baking dish and place it on a plate to rest.
14. Pour sauce into a pan and reduce it by half.

15. Serve chicken with polenta and sauce.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
90 Minutes
Ready In: 
110 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1042 Calories from Fat 525

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 60 g92.3%

Saturated Fat 18.1 g90.4%

Trans Fat 0.4 g

Cholesterol 238.9 mg79.6%

Sodium 1332.4 mg55.5%

Total Carbohydrates 64 g21.4%

Dietary Fiber 6.9 g27.6%

Sugars 12.2 g

Protein 60 g120.5%

Vitamin A 23.8% Vitamin C 67.1%

Calcium 5.1% Iron 19.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


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