Sunday, June 22, 2008

“Capered” Chicken Pollo Alcaparrado

The following recipe was shared at my Chicago Chefs Dinner event. You can read more about it and get additional recipes featured at the event HERE.

“Capered” Chicken
Pollo Alcaparrado

Shared at the event by Teresa
Recipe from Season 5, Mexico—One Plate at a Time

6 chicken breast halves, with bone and skin
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes (preferably fire roasted)
10 yellow chiles such as Hungarian wax or banana (hot or mild), roasted, peeled, seeded and sliced into 1/4-inch strips
1/8 teaspoon cloves, preferably freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, preferably freshly ground
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted green olives, preferably manzanillos
1/3 cup drained coarsely chopped large capers, plus 1 tablespoon of their brine
1/4 cup raisins
Salt, about 1/2 teaspoon

Dry the chicken with paper towels. In a large (8- to 9-quart) Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high. Lay in the chicken in a single layer and brown on all sides; remove.

Reduce the heat to medium, scoop in the onions and cook, stirring regularly, until nicely golden, about 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes and chiles, cover and cook 5 minutes. Uncover and cook until thick and very reduced (it’ll be as thick as tomato paste). Add the spices, olives, capers, brine, raisins and 3 cups water.

When the mixture returns to the boil, nestle in the breasts, partially cover and cook 20 minutes, until the meat is cooked clear to the bone. Taste and season with salt, spoon everything into a warm, deep serving platter, sprinkle with a few extra olives and capers, then carry to the table.