5 Ingredient Crispy Chicken, Garlic & Peas in Wine Sauce

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5 Ingredient Crispy Chicken, Garlic & Peas in Wine SauceCrispy skinned chicken in a luscious white wine sauce with caramelized garlic and green peas. This is a one pot stove-top meal your family is going to absolutely love! We loved it so much the first time I made it (which was sort of by accident actually!), I made it again a second time in less than a week so I could share it with all of you. I was standing in front of my refrigerator chanting “I’m not going to the store! I’m not going to the store!” in my head while the kids were taking their afternoon nap. I had chicken and…. yup that was it. Chicken.

So I looked in the freezer and found peas. Garlic, white wine and chicken stock (or the Better than Bouillon which I actually use) are always in stock in our house, so I decided to do a quick and easy take on one of my favorite Ina Garten recipes, Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic. I would link to it in the actual recipe (I believe very strongly in giving proper credit for recipes I reference/use), but I didn’t even refer to it when making this. I only thought of it because of the combination of flavors, but in my version there is no butter or cognac or heavy cream. The only fat is from the chicken itself. I guess my dish is the light version of that, both on ingredients, calories, and time it takes! One of my favorite things about this meal is that it doesn’t require the use of your oven, which I appreciate since the weather has already started heating up!

Let me make a quick disclaimer. I didn’t count salt, pepper and flour in my ingredient list. I hope that isn’t a deterrant for you, I just assumed those ingredients are considered freebies in the ingredient count!

Crispy skinned chicken in a luscious white wine sauce with caramelized garlic and green peas. This is a one pot stove-top meal your family is going to absolutely love!Using a cast iron skillet or any other heavy bottomed pan that is at least 8-9 inches across that you have, start heating up your pan on medium heat. Liberally season the chicken pieces with kosher salt and black pepper. We use a mix of legs and thighs because we are a family of different favorites. Feel free to use all legs or all thighs.

Note: You can also easily use white meat if you prefer. Brown the chicken, cooking it all the way through, then remove. Continue cooking the recipe the rest of the way without the chicken. Add the chicken back in when you add the peas. The last thing you want to do is braise white meat chicken. You may not have to cook it for quite as long, maybe only ten minutes for the sauce to reduce, since you aren’t cooking the chicken in it.Peas Raw Chicken
Put skin side down in the skillet and leave it completely alone for at least 5 minutes. On medium heat, this should render some of the fat out of the skin and give you a nice golden brown color. Turn the chicken and cook for an additional five minutes. You should have some fat in the pan at this point. Take the chicken out for a couple of minutes and put the garlic cloves in the pan.Crispy skinned chicken in a luscious white wine sauce with caramelized garlic and green peas. This is a one pot stove-top meal your family is going to absolutely love!
Cook them until they are slightly browned but not dark. Garlic goes from delicious to bitter very quickly. Once the garlic is browning, add the flour into the pan and stir until it is absorbed by the oil. If for some reason you don’t have a couple of tablespoons worth of fat in the pan, you can add in some canola oil here. Both times I have made it, I had plenty in the pan. Add the wine and the chicken broth to the pan. Taste for salt and pepper, add some here if you feel you need more. Add the chicken back in, skin side up. This picture is of the chicken just before the peas go in.Crispy skinned chicken in a luscious white wine sauce with caramelized garlic and green peas. This is a one pot stove-top meal your family is going to absolutely love!
Simmer on your stove-top for 15 minutes on medium heat. In the last 2-3 minutes, stir in the peas.Peas FrozenOnce the peas are warmed up, you’re done!Crispy skinned chicken in a luscious white wine sauce with caramelized garlic and green peas. This is a one pot stove-top meal your family is going to absolutely love!

Crispy skinned chicken in a luscious white wine sauce with caramelized garlic and green peas. This is a one pot stove-top meal your family is going to absolutely love!

Now you can enjoy your meal a little bit more in your cool house and half empty sink! Happy cooking!

Crispy skinned chicken in a luscious white wine sauce with caramelized garlic and green peas. This is a one pot stove-top meal your family is going to absolutely love!
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5 Ingredient Crispy Chicken, Garlic & Peas in Wine Sauce

Crispy skinned chicken in a luscious white wine sauce with caramelized garlic and green peas. This is a one pot stove-top meal your family is going to absolutely love!
Course Main Course
Cuisine French Inspired
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Dinner, then Dessert

Ingredients

  • 6 pieces of dark meat chicken , skin and bone on
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 heads of garlic , peeled
  • 2 Tbsp . flour
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen green peas

Instructions

  1. Using a cast iron skillet or any other heavy bottomed pan that is at least 8-9 inches across that you have, start heating up your pan on medium heat.
  2. Liberally season the chicken pieces with kosher salt and black pepper.
  3. Put skin side down in the skillet and leave it completely alone for at least 5 minutes.
  4. On medium heat, this should render some of the fat out of the skin and give you a nice golden brown color.
  5. Turn the chicken and cook for an additional five minutes.
  6. You should have some fat in the pan at this point.
  7. Take the chicken out for a couple of minutes and put the garlic cloves in the pan.
  8. Cook them until they are slightly browned but not dark. Garlic goes from delicious to bitter very quickly.
  9. Once the garlic is browning, add the flour into the pan and stir until it is absorbed by the oil. If for some reason you don't have a couple of tablespoons worth of fat in the pan, you can add in some canola oil here. Both times I have made it, I had plenty in the pan.
  10. Add the wine and the chicken broth to the pan.
  11. Taste for salt and pepper, add some here if you feel you need more.
  12. Add the chicken back in, skin side up.
  13. The liquids should only go up about 2/3 of the chicken.
  14. Simmer on your stovetop for 20 minutes on medium heat.
  15. Stir in the peas, and continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Note: You can also easily use white meat if you prefer. Brown the chicken, cooking it all the way through, then remove. Continue cooking the recipe the rest of the way without the chicken. Add the chicken back in when you add the peas. The last thing you want to do is braise white meat chicken. You may not have to cook it for quite as long, maybe only ten minutes for the sauce to reduce, since you aren't cooking the chicken in it.

Crispy skinned chicken in a luscious white wine sauce with caramelized garlic and green peas. This is a one pot stove-top meal your family is going to absolutely love!

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