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Whole30 Deliciousness: Dorie Greenspan’s When In Doubt, Chicken-In-The-Pot

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I’m obsessed with good food so I’ve always checked out food blogs to get ideas about what to cook or where to eat.  But since going Paleo, I’ve been dismayed to find that most of the recipes on my favorite food blogs are, unfortunately, carb-heavy dishes with Neolithic ingredients that I’ll be able to cook only as an occasional F-off/cheat meal.

That’s why I got so excited when I found Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for Chicken-In-The-Pot. Dorie is an effing genius in the kitchen, and her well-written blog is so much fun to read. She’s definitely one of my food-blogging idols.

I made Chicken-In-The-Pot tonight with some modifications to make it Whole30 compliant and to customize it for my tastes. Dorie’s recipe is super-simple, really flexible, and the resulting dish was amazingly delicious.

Here’s what I assembled:

  • Approximately 2/3 cup avocado oil (in place of extra virgin olive oil)
  • 4 heads of garlic, broken into cloves, but left unpeeled
  • 16 shallots, peeled and trimmed
  • 8 carrots, peeled, trimmed and quartered
  • 4 celery stalks, trimmed and quartered
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary 
(she calls for 3 sprigs but my sprig was extra bushy – and I don’t really like this herb)
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 16 prunes (USE THEM! Don’t be afraid to add fruit to your savory dishes!)
  • 3 pounds of organic chicken drumsticks (you can also use 1 chicken, whole or cut-up but I like all dark meat)
  • 1 small green cabbage cut into 8 wedges (try Savoy cabbage)
  • 1 ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (I used extra chicken broth and the vinegar to replace the white wine called for in the original recipe)

Here’s what I did:

I preheated my oven to 450° F, assembled all my ingredients, and prepped my veggies.

(I ended up cutting the cabbage into eight wedges post photo, by the way.)

In two batches, I browned the garlic, shallots, carrots, and celery in a couple tablespoons of avocado oil over medium high heat…

…and placed the browned vegetables in my large Dutch oven. I added the herbs, lemon zest, and prunes to the vegetables and mixed everything together.

Don’t be leave out the prunes – they help balance the dish.

I love this brand:

(These super moist, sweet prunes make Sunsweet prunes taste like dessicated turds. I’m just sayin’…)

I seasoned my drumsticks with salt and pepper…

…and browned them in avocado oil over medium high heat (the browning part is optional per Dorie).

Then, I put the drumsticks on top of the vegetables in the Dutch oven and I added the cabbage wedges.

I whisked the chicken broth, ½ a cup of avocado oil, and apple cider vinegar together and poured it over the cabbage.

After adding a sprinkle of salt and pepper on top, I laid a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil over the top of the cabbage, put my lid on top, and crimped the edges of the foil up and over the lip of the lid to form a tight seal.

Lastly: Into my oven for 70 minutes.

It smelled so good when I took the cover off!

I served the chicken with garlic and purple cauliflower mashed “potatoes” and baked Japanese yam.

Good stuff. I can’t wait to get Dorie’s new book in the mail in two days…