Chicken simmered in smen
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Chicken simmered in smen
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:49:47 AM. Recipe ID 11216. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Chicken simmered in smen
 Categories: Butters, Harned 1994, Main dish, Moroccan, Poultry
      Yield: 4 Servings
 
      3 lb Chicken; quartered*
      2    Chicken livers
    3/4 c  Onion; minced
    1/4 ts Saffron threads; pulverized
           Turmeric; to mix w/saffron
    1/2 ts Freshly ground black pepper
      1 ts Salt
    1/4 c  Parsley; roughly chopped
    1/4 c  ;Water
      2    To 3 tb. smen
      2 tb Fresh sweet butter
    1/2    Preserved lemon
      2 tb Fresh lemon juice
 
  *See "Basic Method for Preparing Poultry" recipe.
  
  Place prepared chicken in 5 1/2 qt. casserole with the livers and
  minced onion.  Sprinkle with the spices and 1 tsp. salt. Toss to coat
  evenly.
  
  Puree parsley in blender or food processor with 1/4 c water. Add half
  the "parsley water" and all of the smen to the casserole. Pour in 1
  cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for one
  hour, adding more water if necessary.  Remove chicken to a colander
  when very tender and keep warm while the sauce simmers one full hour.
  
  Heat the 2 tb. sweet butter in a skillet; gently brown the drained
  chicken quarters.  Transfer to a flameproof serving dish, cover, and
  keep warm.
  
  Meanwhile, add the remaining "parsley water" to the sauce in the
  casserole and, by boiling rapidly, uncovered, reduce to 1 1/2 cups.
  Dump the sauce, livers, and odd bits of skin and bits in the blender.
  Whirl until the sauce is smooth.  Pour over the chicken and reheat.
  
  Discard the pulp from the preserved lemon and dice the peel. Sprinkle
  diced lemon peel over the chicken. Simmer 5 minutes, taste for
  seasoning, and add additional salt if necessary.  Sprinkle with lemon
  juice and serve at once.
  
  This is a classic dish from Fez.
  
  From _Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco_ by Paula Wolfert. New
  York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1987. Pp. 205-206. ISBN 0-06-091396-7.
  Typed for you by Cathy Harned.
 




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Recipe ID 11216 (Apr 03, 2005)

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