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Chicken and Artichoke Casserole with Mushrooms (Kota me Aginares Plaki)

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Chicken and Artichoke Casserole with Mushrooms (Kota me Aginares Plaki)

Chicken with Artichokes and Mushrooms

Photo © Lynn Livanos Athan

In Greek cooking, the term plaki (plah-KEE) is used to describe a dish that is baked in the oven with olive oil and vegetables.

Spring is peak time for fresh artichokes. Wonderful steamed, stuffed, baked, or grilled, those spiny little charmers take a bit of prep work to clean and cook. Feel free to substitute canned artichoke hearts for this dish if you prefer.

This dish is delicious served over orzo or rice pilaf and will yield 4-6 servings.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • One 3-4 lb. chicken cut into parts
  • (I used bone-in chicken thighs instead)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 6 fresh artichoke hearts, halved
  • or substitute one 15 oz. can of artichoke hearts, rinsed and halved
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Clean chicken parts and remove skin. Pat dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.

Heat one tbsp. olive oil and one tbsp. butter in a large, oven-safe skillet. Cook the chicken pieces over medium-high heat until nicely browned. Remove browned chicken to a platter and keep warm.

Heat the remaining tbsp. olive oil and tbsp. of butter. Add the onions and mushrooms to the skillet and saute until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.

Add 2 tbsp. flour to mushrooms and onions and cook while stirring, about a minute.

Add broth and wine to skillet and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens and reduces, about 5 minutes.

Return chicken to the skillet (with the juices from platter), add artichokes, and cover. You can also transfer to a heat-safe casserole dish if you don't have an oven safe skillet. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.

Re-season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste before serving.

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