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Author Notes: My mom used to make a chicken dish that I just adored. I never had anything like it--the closest was a version of chicken scarpariello that a local restaurant used to serve. She got this recipe from one of the women who worked for us in the 1960's. (Have you read "The Help?" That was my mother's life.) When I asked her for the recipe, she said, "If I made this today, I'd have children flying in from out of state to eat." - drbabs
- 1 chicken, cut into parts, breasts cut into half (Or any combination of chicken parts you want; just cut the breasts in half so all the pieces are roughly the same size.)
- 1 stick of butter
- 1-2 teaspoons each, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika
- 1/2-1 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup dry sherry
- 1/4 cup chicken broth or stock
- Dry chicken and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder onion powder and smoked paprika.
- In a cast iron dutch oven or large deep skillet (the "pot"), melt butter. When the butter is hot, add the chicken pieces a few at a time and brown well on all sides over medium-high heat. Set them aside as they are browned. (Do this in batches so the pieces aren't crowded. )
- Reduce heat to low. Stir garlic chunks into the butter and put the chicken pieces back into the pot. Cook, covered, for 30-45 minutes, opening the pot every 15 minutes or so and turning the pieces so that they cook well on all sides. When done, the chicken will be very brown and there will be a delicious pan drippings.
- Remove the chicken and keep warm. Remove 2 or 3 tablespoons of pan drippings and use to saute spinach. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour to the remaining pan drippings, and cook till thickened. (You're essentially making a roux.) Stir in sherry and chicken broth and cook over low heat. You will have a thick sauce with chunks of garlic in it.
- Serve the chicken with rice and pass the sauce separately.
- Mashed potatoes are also nice with this. (My mother used to serve it with Minute Rice and canned baby peas, but you don't have to.)
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Family Recipe, Part 2
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Chicken
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Family Recipe
- This recipe was entered in the contest for The Best Recipe or Technique Your Mother Taught You