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Slow Cooked Chicken with Asiago Creamy Grits

No recipe image available.This terrific recipe for Slow Cooked Chicken with Asiago Creamy Grits was created by Chef Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, Alabama.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter - divided use
6 chicken legs, cut into leg and thigh
6 carrots
4 stalks celery
3 onions
2 leeks
6 shallots
1 bunch thyme
4 bay leaves
1 pound wild mushrooms (morels, porcinis, creminis or shiitakes)
1 tablespoon dried porcini, soaked in warm water
3 cups chicken stock
Asiago Creamy Grits (recipe follows)

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large cast iron skillet, place 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add chicken and sear until golden brown; remove to rack while cooking vegetables.
  2. Drain off excess oil, add remaining tablespoon butter, carrots, celery, onions, leeks, shallots, thyme and bay leaves. Sauté over medium heat about l0 minutes.
  3. Add dried mushrooms, then chicken stock and chicken; bring to a boil. Cover with foil and place in 300°F (150°C) oven for 1 1/2 hours. (While chicken is cooking, prepare grits.)
  4. Lift out chicken and strain liquid. Skim sauce, reduce by 1/4 and reserve.
  5. In large individual bowl, place l large scoop grits; top with chicken leg and thigh. Ladle on reserved mushroom broth and sautéed mushrooms. Garnish with fresh herbs and grated asiago cheese.

Makes 6 servings.

Asiago Creamy Grits: In large saucepan, place 2 cups water, 1 cup chicken stock, 1 tablespoon chopped garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper. Bring to a boil and whisk in 1 cup stone ground grits. Cook on low 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add 1 cup heavy cream and l cup grated asiago cheese. Cover until ready to serve.

Recipe provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.