Mom's Farm-Style Chicken

Course : Chicken
Serves: 4
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3 pounds roasting chicken -- cut into quarters or cut serving size (or 3 lbs chicken breasts and thighs)
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper -- freshly ground
3 cloves garlic cloves -- (3 to 4)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup sour -- (seville) orange juice
1/4 cup pure spanish olive oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 large onion -- thinly sliced
1/2 cup chicken stock or canned chicken broth
1 tablespoon flour -- optional
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

Preparation / Directions:

* Note: Or use 1/4 cup sweet orange juice mixed with 1/8 cup each fresh lime and lemon juice. Wash the chicken, pat it dry with paper towels, and season liberally with salt and pepper. In a mortar, crush the garlic into a paste with the cumin and rub the garlic paste into the chicken. Place the chicken in a nonreactive bowl, pour the orange juice over it, cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or overnight. Remove the chicken from the marinade (reserving the marinade) and pat dry. In a heavy-bottomed casserole, heat the oil over medium heat until fragrant, then brown the chicken on all sides. Add the reserved marinade, the sherry, onion, and stock, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the chicken is fork tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Strain the sauce through a colander and return it with the flour to the casserole. Cook the sauce over low heat, stirring, until it has thickened, 5 to 6 minutes, correct the seasonings, pour over the chicken, and garnish with the parsley. Comments: This dish features chicken that simmers on the stove until the meat practically falls off the bones. Organic or free-range chickens are perfect for this recipe, since they are similar to the farm chickens in Cuba.


Nutritional Information:

586 Calories (kcal); 39g Total Fat; (64% calories from fat); 43g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 179mg Cholesterol; 172mg Sodium

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