After a long day at work I decided to treat myself to a nice homecooked meal! Being a single gal it’s sometimes hard to cook for one. I made a few adjustments to the recipe, which I found in my bonapetit magazine, or online. There was no way I wanted to cook a whole 3 lb chicken for just myself! I instead opted for a 4 pack of bone-in, skin-on organic chicken thighs. A 4 pack of chicken thighs I have found is perfect as far as amounts go. If you’re really hungry you will eat two and still have leftovers, but not a fridgefull!
I started by prepparing the onions, garlic, and fresh thyme.
Once these were prepared I began by sautéing the onions in my grandmother’s cast iron skillet. Granny D’s skillet has never let me down. A family heirloom that’s not only sentimental, but extremely practical!
I then proceeded to chop up the baby bella mushrooms (the recipe called for shitake, but baby bella is what I had available).
Once this was accomplished dinner practically made itself! I browned the chicken in the oven on a rack placed over a cookie sheet. I baked until the skin was beginning to brown and it was almost cooked through.
As the chicken was baking I added the wine and the chicken stock and reduced to half. The kitchen at this point smelled heavenly, and I’m pretty sure my neighbors within sniffing distance were probably pea green with envy!
Once the liquid had reduced I removed the skillet from the heat and added the greek yogurt and the sour cream. Next time I think I will just opt for using all sour cream instead of half yogurt, half sour cream. I am guessing that the greek yogurt is supposed to make it a “healthier option”, which at this point I say if you’re going decadent go all the way!
At this point I added the chicken into the pan and put it back over the heat to cook until heated all the way through.
Lastly, I turned off the stove and added the chopped celery leaves. The recipe suggest serving this with rice pilaf, but as I didn’t have any rice on hand I cooked some egg noodles to serve it with instead. The results were marvelous!
My only suggestion with this delightful meal is make sure you don’t have plans after dinner. This meal is to be savored. I had made plans with a girl friend for a glass of wine after dinner, and had to rush through my meal! Next time I make this I will invite someone over and ask them to bring a bottle of wine with them. Perhaps not fit for Julia Childs as far as french cuisine authenticity goes, but certainly fit for a single gal living in Baltimore.