Monday, October 10, 2011

7 Spice Chicken with Garlic and Grapes

I bought 7 Spice Powder in the Middle Eastern section at K and S Market. It contains Allspice, Black Pepper, Cloves, Cardamom, Cinnamon,Fennel, and Ginger. I thought it might work well with chicken drumsticks, and my hunch was good. I braised the drumsticks in chicken broth flavored with the spices, grapes , and peeled garlic cloves. I paired it with couscous. It is a very savory dish. And need I remind you that drumsticks are cheap.

This will serve two-

4-6 chicken drumsticks

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of 7 spice powder or more to taste. Be careful not to add too much or it will be too peppery.

3 cups of chicken broth

Sea salt- to sprinkle on chicken before browning

Olive oil for browning

6-8 peeled garlic cloves

2 cups of mixed green and red grapes

Dry the drumsticks, sprinkle with a little salt and brown lightly in a skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Pour the broth into an ovenproof casserole, and mix in the spice powder. Add more to taste if you like. Then place the drumsticks, garlic, and grapes in the broth. Braise uncovered at 325 degrees for an hour. Then remove the chicken, garlic, and grapes and place on a serving plate.

If you wish to serve this with couscous, follow package directions to cook the couscous, and use the left over braising liquid as part of the liquid you add to the couscous. 1 cup of braising broth added to one cup of couscous will give you two cups of cooked couscous. If you do not have enough broth left, add water to make a cup.


Out on the prairie said...

The 7 spice sounds interesting to look for. Very fun dish.

Out on the prairie said...

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