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Tender smothered chicken is seared until the skin is crisp and golden then simmered in a creamy onion gravy. This Southern smothered chicken dish combines Asian bok choy for an easy and delicious fusion weeknight dinner. Keto friendly too!
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I grew up eating A LOT of smothered chicken along with other staple classic chicken recipes. I’m a huge fan of chicken. Vegetables too, thanks to my grandmother who planted lots of vegetables when I was a kid!
I know you may be thinking why smothered chicken with bok choy….well, to answer your question, I love southern food. I don’t eat it too often, but when I do, I like to mix things up, like I did in this smothered chicken recipe.
This year, I’ve been eating a good amount of Chinese greens called baby bok choy. I love it. It’s basically a Chinese cabbage that’s really good for you. One cup has 9 calories! I’ve made smothered chicken with Shanghai bok choy also. It’s pretty much the same. One is bigger than the other. You can use either one to use in your smothered chicken. Bok choy is one of my favorite vegetables. Collard greens is my other fav.
Some say that baby bok choy has a sweet and mild flavor, whereas, Shangai bok choy has a mineral flavor. To be totally honest, I don’t really taste a difference.
HOW TO MAKE SMOTHERED CHICKEN
This easy smothered chicken recipe with bok choy and mushrooms is, oh my goodness good! The chicken is smothered in a rich onion gravy. Pure deliciousness. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
And it uses mostly staple ingredients that I’m sure you already have. You’ll probably have to go to the store for the baby bok choy or Shanghai bok choy. Pick one. No biggie right?!
Traditional smothered chicken recipes usually say to coat the chicken in flour first but I don’t follow cooking rules…
Instead of coating the chicken in flour, I like to season the chicken then sear the chicken first on both sides until the skin crisps up. I use flour to help thicken the gravy. Here’s the quick breakdown of the recipe.
Smothered Chicken Recipe:
Tender smothered chicken is seared until the skin is crisp and golden then simmered in a creamy onion gravy. This Southern smothered chicken dish combines Asian bok choy for an easy and delicious fusion weeknight dinner.
- 6 chicken thighs with skin on
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 small red onion diced
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1 cup mushrooms add more if you like
- One bunch of baby bok choy cleaned dried and cut lengthwise then quartered
- 1/4 tsp or two of garlic
- 1/4 tsp or two of onion powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 2 cups milk
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2 tsp Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base
- 1 tbsp flour
- salt and pepper for taste
Reserve 1 tsp of seasoning for later. Add the remaining seasoning to a small bowl. Mix well to combine. Season the chicken. In a cast iron skillet with vegetable oil over medium high heat saute the onions for 2 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic on top of the onions. Cook until fragrant.
Remove the onions and garlic and set to the side. Add more vegetable oil. Over medium high heat sear the chicken on both sides until the skin crisps up. Drain most of the fat...Add milk and butter, the Better Than Bouillon base and the remaining tsp of the seasoning and flour. Mix well.
Add the chicken, onions and garlic back into the skillet. Add the mushrooms. Set stove to medium high. Once boiling reduce temp to low. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Make sure to check the liquid. If it's getting thick too fast, thin it out with a bit of milk.
Take the chicken out of the skillet and set to the side. Scrape the bits stuck on the bottom of the pan and mix it into the gravy. If the gravy is too thick add a bit of milk to thin it out some. Add the chicken back to the skillet.
Steaming - Now we will steam the veggies easily using a one pot method. Add the bok choy on top of the chicken but hold up...you may have to push the chicken closer together just so the bok choy can lay on top of the chicken without it sinking into the gravy. But if it does not biggie.
Set the stove back to medium high. Once boiling reduce to low. Cover the skillet and cook for about 6 minutes or until the bok choy is tender.
TIP TO MAKE THIS SMOTHERED CHICKEN
Gravy - In steps 5-8 shown in the body of the post, I talked about making the gravy. When you remove the seared chicken from the skillet, scrape the bits stuck on the bottom of the pan and mix it into the gravy. If the gravy is too thick add a bit of milk to thin it until its creamy then add the chicken back to the skillet with the gravy and proceed with the recipe.
Seasonings - Once the chicken is done and you've removed the bok choy from the skillet and set to the side. Taste the gravy. Add more onion powder, pepper or other seasonings if you like.
Sear - A cast iron is best for a good sear. To achieve a great flavorful seart, let the chicken cook in the skillet without disturbing or moving it around.
Temperature -The chicken is done when the meat thermometer reads 165 F.
Here is the pdf of the original recipe --> Smothered Chicken with Baby Bok Choy
Post and recipe was updated on 3/12/2019
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