Bell Pepper

Smothered Chicken

July 30, 2012
1 Ratings
  • Serves 4
What You'll Need
  • For the spice mix
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • For the chicken
  • 6 to 8 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 2 yellow onions, julienned about 1 1/2 cups
  • 3/4 cup green bell peppers, julienned
  • 3/4 cup celery, julienned
  • water
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  1. Combine all the spice ingredients in a small bowl. Season the chicken thighs on all sides with salt and then with the spice mixture. You may or may not have extra spice depending on how heavy your hand is and whether or not you season 6 or 8 thighs.
  2. Place a heavy, large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add enough oil to the pan to easily coat the bottom completely. When it is hot add the thighs skin side down and brown them deeply. Once they are brown do the same to the other side.
  3. Remove the thighs to a plate. Add the onions, bell pepper and celery to the pan. Season them with salt and pepper. If the pan is to hot turn down the heat and cook down the vegetables until they are brown and soft. Add the flour and sauté everything for a bit longer to cook out the flour flavor.
  4. Add the garlic cloves and give the veggies a stir. Add the chicken thighs back to the pan and add enough water to cover the thighs by three quarters. The crispy tops should just be peeking out of the gravy. Add all but a tablespoon of the green onions to the sauce.
  5. When the gravy comes to a boil reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and tender, this should take about thirty minutes. Season the gravy, stir and taste.
  6. If the gravy is reducing to fast and getting to thick add more water and stir.

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4 Reviews

Renee B. January 9, 2016
My husband and I enjoyed this with rice for dinner last night. Next time I'll add a can of drained diced tomatoes or the juice (and zest?) of a lemon. We both felt it was a really great beginning but needed an acid.
sherylann July 10, 2013
I just made this for dinner. delicious. I used boneless ,skinless chicken and just simmered it for a shorter time. so good!!!
Jan S. May 26, 2013
Wow! This is a stunner of a recipe.
goodattakingnaps September 21, 2012
My husband went crazy for this chicken! The skin on the chicken, though not the healthiest, was fabulous and so savory! Our collage student friend said that this is the best meal he's had in two months! Thanks for the recipe.