Monday, June 20, 2011

German Chicken

I have no idea what makes this chicken German. I was just looking for something new to do with chicken, and I stumbled onto the concept. I don't know who invented it, or why, but I will say that the end product was pretty dang tasty.

And you can't really argue with a recipe that has less than 10 ingredients.

So anyway, the first thing you want to do is chop the bacon into bite-sized pieces and get it started on the stove.

While the bacon cooks, use your free time to slice half an onion into very thin slices, and smash a couple cloves of garlic.

When the bacon has given up its fat but isn't yet crispy, toss the onions and the garlic into the pan.

Now while your onions cook down, core, half, and then thinly slice a green apple. Layer the slices in a shallow baking dish.

Make sure the dish is large enough to hold both your chicken and the potatoes!

When your onions are nice and soft and golden brown, you can pour the contents of your hot pan over the apple slices.

Now for the fun part. Lay a thin layer of sauerkraut over the top of your onions.

Okay, I'm not sure what was so fun about that. I just wanted to make the recipe seem a little more exciting. Did it work?

Lay the chicken over the top of the kraut, and make sure to salt and pepper both sides of your meat!

This is a half chicken that's been quartered. Does that make sense??

Arrange your little potatoes around the chicken.

When you've got everyone situated, pour your favorite BBQ sauce over the top of the chicken.

Use a sauce you know you'll like--the sauce can change the overall flavor of this dish quite a bit, and if you cheap out and use a yucky sauce, you might not like the end result.

Cover the dish with tinfoil and roast for about half an hour at 350F (if your potatoes are larger, you may need to remove the chicken when it's done and let the potatoes roast by themselves for a while.)

Come on. How good does that look?

Scoop out some of the apple/kraut mixture and then top it with moist slices of BBQ chicken. Smash the potatoes slightly and top with butter and maybe a little sour cream. You've got an easy and definitely different dish to surprise your family and guests. Give it a try tonight!

Recipe: German Chicken

4 slices bacon
1/2 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, mashed
1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
1 1/2 c. sauerkraut
1/2 chicken, halved
6-8 small roasting potatoes
3/4-1 c. of your favorite BBQ sauce

In a large pan, cook bacon until fat has rendered.

While the bacon cooks, thinly slice half an onion and smash your garlic. Add them to the pan of bacon.

While the onions cook, core, halve, and thinly slice the apple. Lay the apple slices in a shallow baking dish. Cover the apple slices with the softened onions, garlic, and bacon. Then cover the onions with a layer of sauerkraut.

Arrange the chicken over the top of the sauerkraut, and be sure to season both sides of the meat. Lay potatoes around the chicken.

Pour BBQ sauce over the top of the chicken. Cover entire dish with tinfoil and bake at 350F for 3-40 minutes (may need to remove chicken and let potatoes finish by themselves.)

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