Chicken "Etouffee" (or chicken and gravy)is a dish found in both Cajun and Creole cuisine typically served with shellfish (shrimp, crawfish) over rice. The dish employs a technique called "smothering”. It can also be used with other meats as well.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and fry, in a large fry pan over medium heat until browned. Brown the chicken and place covered in a deep baking dish. In the same pan, over medium heat add a little oil if needed, add onion, celery and bell pepper, soften 2-3 minutes. Add garlic, then Red Roux. Be careful, never let the roux burn. Stir roux until it softens and starts to melt. Add stock while slowly stirring (This is when I prefer using a whisk until the “gravy” starts to thicken and there are not lumps) the mixture. When the gravy comes to a slight boil, it is as thick as it is going to get. If you want it thicker, boil until it reaches your desired thickness or if it is too thick, add more stock. I prefer to make mine thick as the chicken will give off more liquid as it cooks in the oven. Pour gravy over the chicken thighs, cover and place in the oven. Bake 50-60 minutes or until tender (Remember, the longer it cooks, the more tender it becomes). Take out of the oven, uncover, add the scallions or parsley. Serve over rice.
Chicken Etouffee Y= 6-8 servings
- 6-8 Boneless, skinless chicken thighs (trimmed to serving size-4-6 oz)
- ½ C AP flour
- S/P TT
- 4 T Olive oil (more if needed)
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 1 Green (red) bell pepper, chopped
- 2 Celery stalks, trimmed, chopped
- 2 Garlic cloves, minced
- 2-3 oz Red Roux (regular or gluten-free/vegan)
- 1 qt Chicken stock
- S/P TT
- 3-4 T Scallions, chopped(green part only) or Italian parsley, chopped
- Rice 350*