Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nana's Chicken

My Grandma....we call her Nana, has made this chicken for us many times.  We just call it "Nana's Chicken."  It is the kind of meal that when you walk into the house to smell it cooking, you just feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  It makes me think of my Nana, with love.  It smells so good a cookin',( Nana is from Texas, and she really talks like that ) and it tastes delicious!!  I always use chicken thighs, because Nana did.  I think thighs have more flavor too.  I remove the skin.  Season with cracked sea salt, cracked pepper, and garlic.  Brown them in a couple Tablespoons of butter. I like to use my Le Creuset Dutch Oven for this dish.
Dice one large onion, and several ribs of celery.
Saute this in a couple Tablespoons of butter.  YES BUTTER!!  The flavor is so much better!!
When translucent, pour this over the browned chicken thighs.
Along with about 1/2 a can of chicken broth.  And several teaspoons of capers.  YOU MUST have the capers!!! 
Turn the heat down to simmer, put the lid on the Dutch Oven, and let this wonderful aroma fill your house.  In about 90 minutes, you will enjoy the most flavorful and tender chicken ever!!   This is not a good picture, it looks too yellow. But trust me, it was delicious!  I reserved the rest of the chicken broth to use as my liquid for my risotto.  And then steamed some fresh butternut squash and grated some fresh nutmeg over the top.  So yummy.  So there you have it.  Nana's Chicken!!!

And this is Nana!   She is the one on the left.  And my daughter Erika on the right.  She looks a lot like Nana.
Nana is 96 years young.  We love Nana.  And we love Nana's chicken. I promise you will too!!!
Bon Appetit!


Holly said...

That looks so good. I have to be honest, I have never, ever cooked with capers. I wouldn't even know where in the grocery to find them. Your daughter is beautiful!

Cathy said...

I love slow simmered dishes like this, especially when they have such good memories associated with them. Your nana and your daughter are beautiful.

I read on Pam's blog that you have avocado trees in your backyard. You lucky girl - what I wouldn't give to have one in mine.

Jennifer said...

Wow - your daughter really does look like Nana. Don't you just love how that happens!:)

Mrs Bent said...

Mmm your Nana's chicken looks delicous, as does your broccoli salad, thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes :)

Genn said...

I love Nana too!

And I love Nana's chicken!

I haven't had that in so long. I might make it this week!

Maryrose said...

OMG ... you know how much I love Nana's chicken and Nana of course. It is the perfect time to make that again. I use chicken breasts but I think Kevin would prefer those good lookin thighs.

What's your schedule like this week...quicky lunch on Wennesday maybe?

~Niki~ said...

oh my yummmy~i love comfort food!
chicken pulled off the bone like that is the best.
squash is the perfect complement! thanks for the recipe kris.
gettin ready for the holidays?
I'm tryin to :)

NanaNor's said...

Morning Kris, This recipe looks so delicious and one I can eat because there is no flour or breads in it...will write it down for next week as we have close friends coming for a visit from Ca.
Your nana looks like such a dear and your daughter does look like her. You are very lucky to have your nana as well as your mom.
Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing my friend.
Hugs, Noreen

Maryrose said...

How about Friday lunch....????? Say yes!!

The Garden Bell said...

I could spot this a mile away, as I was scrolling through google reader. I knew you had something cooking. And of course, in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven.... I didn't expect anything less. Fab recipe. Better go fin my Le Creuset, this is a keeper

And yes, they do look alike.

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Kristi said...

Yum!! I LOVE capers, this is right up my alley! I'm so excited I only have one more order for after Thanksgiving, maybe 3 this week (or none) and then I get to cook my little heart out for the rest of the year! I have missed trying new recipes so much, I told Tim he better be ready to fatten up!! I will definitely be trying this one! And that squash looks so good! I think a butternut squash soup is calling my name! Now I just have to find my recipe! Happy Monday Kris!

Katie said...

Oh Sweet Nana! She makes pretty good fried chicken too! Every time I have Chicken, Lemon Meringue Pie, Potato Salad, Chocolate Chip Cookies, & Grapes I think of Nana ;)

1 more day & I will have internet again & see photos!!

Katie said...

Oh I forgot why I was here!!! Kristy, my oven at my new house has the temperature set way too high, 350 degrees is really 450, do you know how I can adjust the temp?

Pam said...

I love chicken thighs and capers so this dish sounds amazing to me. Nana is too cute.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and your nice comment!

Nana's chicken looks very delicious! I like the addition of capers as I use them in many recipes that are favorites of my husband.

Both Nana and your daughter are such beautiful women!

From the Kitchen said...

Thanks Nana! This looks delicious. I agree, Kris, that chicken thighs are tastier and everything is better with butter!


Linda said...

This dish looks scrumptious...and the photo of Nana and Erika is wonderful! There IS a strong resemblance there!

Queen of Crafts, Current Events, and Such. said...

Nanas know best

Pammy Sue said...

I came here looking for your potato cheese soup recipe for Kate, and I saw this. YUM. Looks great!

To answer your question about whether I've read The Help or, I haven't. But I got a free sample of the first few pages on my Nook and read it last night. I'm going to buy the book and read it now. Thanks so much for the recommendation! I'll give you a little linky when I review it.

Now I'm off to dig around for that cheese soup recipe...I can't remember where it is! I have it printed, but I wanted to give her the link.

Diane said...

I don't remember the celery, I thought Nana added green olives to this chicken dish?????


Kris said...

You know Mom, I think Nana did add kalamata/green olives. But I don't like them. I have always done the celery and onion, and lots of capers. Mmmmmmmm!!!

Suz said...

Perfect for my slow cooker...thanks and thank you for sharing
Glad you like the flowers...still lots to make again today
Hugs Suz x

Liz said...

Oh my goodness, Nana's chicken looks so good and what a cutie she is! I will definitely be trying this, thank you! Your pictures turned out really good! XO ~LIz

Nicolle said...

Hi Kris, just came back and searched your blog for your Nana's chicken. Oh, your Nana is gorgeous! :) And she is the one you talk to me about from Texas!! I am so thrilled and honored to have this recipe. I should have credited you and Genn for the delicious recipe in my post. Thank you both so very much for sharing it. You are the best!!