Braised chicken with lemon

This was tasty.


  • 2 lbs. chicken parts (could be split bone-in breasts, legs, thighs – whatever you like).
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 5/8 cups chicken broth
  • 5 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 bunch of spinach or chard, chopped
  • Salt, pepper, and paprika
  • Optional, 1 bunch of herbs like fresh parsley, rosemary, and oregano tied with twine (a bouquet garni)
  • 2 dried red chilis


  1. Salt & pepper the chicken and dust it with paprika
  2. Preheat the onion to 375 degrees
  3. Heat the oil in a deep, heavy oven-safe pot (a dutch oven will do nicely) and brown the chicken on all sides – leave it in until it’s dark brown and has a nice color.
  4. Remove the chicken, set aside.  Add the garlic, onion, and hot chilis to the hot oil in the pot, cook until the onion is aromatic and translucent.
  5. Add the bouquet garni to the onion/garlic mess in the bottom of the pot, place the chicken pieces on top of it, then pour in the chicken broth and white wine.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.  Pull the chicken out and set aside for a moment.
  7. Spinach to the pot, then place the chicken back on top of everything.  Squeeze the lemon wedges over it all, then tuck them in around the chicken. Cook for another 20 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked through.
  8. Serve the whole mess over rice.
  9. Yeah.

3 responses to “Braised chicken with lemon

  1. Oh man, that sounds beyond delicious! I can’t wait to try it out.

    • Let me know how it goes! Have you cooked anything fantastic lately? Let me know if you’d ever be interested in guest posting – I love your writing and your ideas about food.

  2. (pops up like a prairie dog)

    Guest post? I would be delighted! Drop me an email and let’s work it out.

    As for fantastic, I found a way to cook cauliflower that Mr. Twistie actually enjoyed. Perhaps not a cure for cancer, but it was pretty darn brilliant in my world!

    Basically I did up some pasta with an aglio olio sauce and added roasted cauliflower, sun dried tomatoes, and some toasted pine nuts. Delish.

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