Title: Chicken Thighs with Aromatic Spices
Categories: Mexican, Chicken
Yield: 4 servings
2 1/2 lb Chicken thighs, skinned
1/2 ts Coarsely ground black
1/2 ts Cumin seeds
1/2 ts Dried oregano
2 Bay leaves
6 Cloves garlic, halved
1 1/2 tb Mixed-Spice Paste (recipe
1 tb All-purpose white flour
1 md Onion, thinly sliced
4 Long banana peppers, cut
-into long strips
1 tb Vegetable or olive oil
2 tb Cider vinegar or to taste
Bring 7 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan, add chick- en (and a
little more water to cover if needed). Skim off any grayish foam that
rises during the first few minutes of simmering. Add black pepper,
cumin, oregano, bay leaves, 1 tsp. salt and garlic. Partially cover
and simmer gently for 20 to 25 minutes, until the juices run clear
when the thighs are pierced with a knife (boned thighs will cook in
15 to 20 minutes). Remove from the heat and cool the chicken in the
cooking liquid, if time permits. With a slotted spoon, remove thighs
from the broth and set them on a plate. Strain broth, skim fat and
set aside 2 1/2 cups in the refrigerator.
Rub 1 Tbsp. Mixed Spice Paste over the side of the chicken that has
been skinned and let it stand 1 hour uncovered in the refrigerator.
Lightly dust the spice covered side of the chicken with flour,
patting gently to evenly distribute it over the surface and remove
Rinse onions, drain thoroughly and set aside with chilies. Set a large
nonstick skillet over medium heat, add oil, and when it is hot, add
chicken, spice-side down, and fry until crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Drain on paper towels and keep warm in a 200 degree F. oven.
Return the pan to the heat and add onions and chilies. Cook over
medium for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions
soften. Add vinegar, reserved broth and remaining 1/2 Tbsp. spice
paste, stirring to dissolve the paste. Simmer for several minutes to
blend the flavors. Taste for salt and vinegar. Place 2 thighs in each
of 4 bowls. Top with a portion of the onion mixture and the broth.
234 CALORIES PER SERVING: 30 G PROTEIN, 7 G FAT, 13 G CARBO- HYDRATE;
208 MG SODIUM; 77 MG CHOLESTEROL.
From Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico by
Rick Bayless with Deann Groen Bayless (William Morrow & Company,