Smothered Chicken

Smothered Chicken

Smothered Chicken. As Irish as you can get, right? Truth be told, the Missus is from the South and this is a dish that supposedly originated in the South. I did some research about the origins of Smothered Chicken and in a nutshell yes, it’s considered to be a staple in the South also commonly known as down-home soul food. Well, I’ve got soul AND I’m from the south (of Ireland).

Typically this dish is made with loads of butter and flour but of course I put my own spin on it, sans the B&F. I was thinking this would make a delicious addition to a bbq party or just a great family meal. If there are any true Southerners out there, let me know how I do with this one!

Serves 4-5


Preheat oven 385F
1 x 3 lb whole chicken, portioned
(2 x breasts, 2 x drumsticks, 2 x wings, 2 x thighs)

1 white onion – thinly sliced
3 whole garlic cloves
6 oz brown mushrooms – sliced
1 cup white wine
½ bunch fresh thyme
1 bunch (3/4 oz) fresh tarragon
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp black peppercorns
2 tbsp olive oil
12 oz (340g) fingerling potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil

Smothered Chicken


Preheat large skillet on high heat for 2 minutes. Add 2 tbsp olive oil. Season chicken pieces with S&P and sear in batches on all sides until golden, about 2-3 mins each side. Set aside in roasting dish. When all chicken in seared drain excess oil from pan and reduce heat to medium. Saute onions for 1 minute, add mushrooms and garlic and cook for additional 3 minutes.  Add white wine and fresh herbs to mushroom mixture and cook to 1 minute. Add all to chicken along with broth and peppercorns.
Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 2 hours, approx or until meat is fork tender.

To cook potatoes, simply toss in olive oil, S&P and place in single layer on foiled oven tray. Cook in oven until tender, 20 minutes approx.

Hope you guys enjoy this and definitely give it a go. Don’t be afraid. If you have any requests or questions, please leave a comment!

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  1. This is the best smothered chicken I have ever tasted and the fact that it is healthy makes it even better…I also have a question: I would like to copy this for my cookbook but don’t want all the other info around so is there a way I can print only the recipe Ing. and the how to put together? Keep up the good work…Delicious!!! Betty

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