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Chicken Stew, Biblical (M, TNT)
Source: "Simply Delicious," by Sue Epstein
Serves: 6 to 8

6 to 8 boneless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons margarine
2/3 cup orange juice
1 cup almonds, slivered, blanched
2 teaspoons lemon rind, grated
1-1/4 cups chicken stock and 2/3 cup dry white wine or 2 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon honey
2 small oranges, peeled, thinly sliced and the slices halved
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Sprinkle the chicken breasts with the flour and salt and pepper. Heat oil and margarine in large frying pan, then sauté the slivered almonds until golden. Remove and drain on paper towel.

In the same fat, sauté the chicken on both sides until golden brown.

Remove the chicken from the pan. Discard as much of the fat as possible without pouring away the brown bits in it. Add the orange juice, lemon rind, stockm and wine (if used) and stir to incorporate any residue sticking to the pan. Stir in the honey and bring to a boil, then simmer for 3 minutes. Arrange the chicken pieces side by side in a casserole and pour over the sauce. Cover and cook for 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove chicken from casserole to a serving dish, arrange the orange slices on top, cover and keep warm in a low oven.

Pour the sauce into a small pan with the lemon juice and raisins and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until thickened; taste for seasoning and add more if necessary, then pour over the chicken. Sprinkle with nuts and serve.

Poster's Notes:
You can do the major part of the preparation ahead by sautéing the chicken, arranging it in the casserole and making the sauce. When you're ready, heat up the sauce and pour it over the chicken, cover and cook.

If you are going to keep the chicken on a blech, under cook it some so it doesn't become overcooked on the blech.

Honey, almonds, and raisins are simmered in a lightly spiced orange sauce. Makes a wonderful dish for Rosh Hashana or a dinner party.

Posted by Sue Epstein

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A