Chicken with Squash, Turnips and Shiitakes
Braising is a great way to cook chicken; the ingredients mingle, forming something more delicious than the sum of their parts. Here, squash, turnips and mushrooms add deep flavor to chicken thighs. Serve with rice or bread.
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 1/4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 Tbs. minced fresh sage
- 1 butternut squash, about 1 lb., peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 bunches small turnips, unpeeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, greens reserved
- 1 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbs. low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 lb. shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 1/4 tsp. all-purpose flour
In a large, heavy fry pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the pan and brown, turning once, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion and sage to the pan and sauté until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the squash and turnips and stir to coat with the oil. Add the 1 1/2 cups broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Chop the greens from 1 bunch of the turnips (reserve the remainder for another use).
Add the mushrooms and chopped turnip greens to the pan with the chicken. Cover and simmer until the greens wilt, about 5 minutes. Put the flour in a small bowl, gradually add the 1 Tbs. broth and stir until smooth. Stir the flour mixture into the fry pan, cover and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Serves 4.
Quick Tips: For ease of preparation, purchase peeled and cubed squash from the market. Adding some of the turnip greens lends color, nutrition and good flavor, but they can be omitted, if you wish. Reheat the leftovers for an even richer flavor than on the first night.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Fresh & Fast, by Kristine Kidd (Williams-Sonoma, 2011).