I follow a few people on you tube that I enjoy watching. I like to have my morning coffee with my lap top and entertain myself. There has been a commercial that shows up all the time on the you tube channels I watch. It is for a home food delivery company that sends all the food needed to make meals, with all the ingredients measured needed to prep and cook the meals. This young couple standing in a beautiful kitchen is all excited about their first delivery. And the lady says, “there is this BIG box full of FOOD.” She makes me laugh every time I have to sit through the commercial. They show the big picture cards with the step by step on how to prepare the meals that they chose and bought in that week’s delivery.
Their excitement really tickles me because I get a big box of food every week also. Only I am on the other end of the economical spectrum. There are times when I have no idea how I am going to turn that week’s blessings into meals because it is such an odd assortment of items. Other times it is like Christmas and I get all excited as I unpack. Mine is not delivered and I have to stand in line for over an hour to pick it up. I tell people it is my happy hour because I get to meet other retirees like me. We chat and share ideas on what we do to get by on. I look forward to that part even though I am out in the weather sometimes. I keep this blog going mostly for them because they follow me on their phones. When I take a sabbatical from the blog, they will ask me about how I cooked last week’s fair? Or what did I do with all the extra vegetables? It is usually feast or famine at times. I guess I am the “how to” cards. Having to go through this life experience has been very humbling.
I stumbled across this recipe that was on a page from Good Housekeeping Magazine that I kept years ago with another recipe I liked. I knew as soon as I seen it, I would have to make it. This past year we have been given “umpteen” bags of prunes. Using them has been a challenge. I don’t like to see anything go to waste. Sharing was not an option because no one wanted any.
The recipe turned out good but the sauce could of been a little sweeter for me. The chicken is oven braised with the prunes and the sauce picks up the prune flavor. The chicken is dark and rich from the sauce. I chose roasted vegetables and rice to complement the chicken. The chicken actually looks better then what the picture turned out.
Braised Chicken with Prunes
- 1 whole chicken cut up
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small onion sliced or 3 green onions cut in 2 inch pieces
- 1 1/2 cups water or chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup pitted prunes
- 1/4 cup blanched almonds
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
In a Dutch oven on the stove top, heat oil. Add salted chicken pieces to hot oil and brown on each side. Remove chicken and sauté onions lightly. Add water, flour, prunes and sugar. Stir until blended and heated. Return chicken and sprinkle almonds on top. Place cover on Dutch oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until chicken is tender. Add water if needed to make a sauce after you remove the chicken to serve.