FFWD: Chicken in a Pot – The Final Recipe!

Chicken in a Pot

Here we are! The final recipe from Around My French Table! It’s hard to believe I have been doing this for four and a half years (the project began in October 2010; I joined in January 2011). When I started, I thought it would just be a fun thing to do for my new blog. Back then I had no idea that I would actually complete every recipe and what a tight knit group us Doristas would become. It’s been a fun adventure!

Chicken in a Pot

Now, about the recipe, Chicken in a Pot: the Garlic and Lemon Version. We saved the cover recipe for last. This recipe represents classic French home cooking at it’s finest. Dorie’s version has us toss preserved lemon peel, sweet potatoes, pearl onions, carrots, celery, a whole lot of garlic, and various herbs into a big pot (after sauteing them for a bit). Next we add browned chicken pieces and a bit of wine and broth. I used a combination of thighs and breasts. The pot is sealed with a simple dough made from flour and water. This locks in the flavors and infuses the chicken and vegetables with wonderful herbiness.

Sealed Pot

My parents had great timing. They drove down from Seattle this week to babysit so my husband and I could enjoy a few days to ourselves. The day they arrived I made them this. It was a huge hit!

There are many reasons why this recipe was the perfect choice for our last recipe. Not the least of which is it contained some of my husband’s (and the rest of the family’s) favorite foods (chicken, sweet potatoes, and garlic), so it was sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The chicken was so flavorful and juicy. The vegetables were delicious, though a few of them could have cooked a bit longer. We all loved spreading the garlic on the crusty bread. Nice to end on a high note!

Chicken and Veggies

Even though this is the final French Fridays with Dorie recipe, this won’t be my last French Fridays post. We will be doing a series of retrospective posts to look back on our favorite recipes. It will certainly be bittersweet.

Have a great weekend!

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15 responses to “FFWD: Chicken in a Pot – The Final Recipe!

  1. Cher

    Congratulations on cooking all the way through the book! That is a big accomplishment.
    It has been a treat to cook along with you.

  2. Bittersweet indeed! Glad this was a hit at your house and yes, it’s nice to have the extra weeks to reflect!

  3. Nana

    This was such a fantastic journey and I have enjoyed cooking along with you. I can’t believe it is over, but I will always remember all the friends I have made along the way. Oh, by the way, your chicken in a pot looks so tasty. Have a great weekend.

  4. It has been fun, hasn’t it!?! What a perfect comforting meal to share with your family. We’ve shared many FFWD meals with my brother & sister-in-law who are probably wondering if we’re still going to feed them.

    It would be lovely to meet you in person one day.

  5. Mmmmm.. the garlic on fresh bread! Brilliant idea! I made this at the last possible moment after arriving back in town from a work trip – so most of the results are snuggled, deconstructed, in the freezer, waiting for a different day. But it was delicious, and I’m looking forward to using the chicken and sauce in some yummy dish – and the bones for soup!

    I’m sure this was a perfect meal for your family! How lovely. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  6. I’m glad you thought this was a good one to end out. It was the quintessential AMFT recipe, wasn’t it? I’ve enjoyed cooking with you throughout this journey. The end of the book is bittersweet. I think the community won’t end though. Dorista friends were the best part.

  7. Karen, congrats!! That’s amazing that you did all the recipes! I’ve enjoyed following along with you a few years ago and upon returning as well! Looking forward to the next few weeks.

  8. Your parents are indeed blessed with their timing – this was a delicious dish to share with them.

  9. Nice to end on a high note indeed – I am laughing because I had not calculated ahead of time that the cover shot was to be our last recipe (clearly indicating how many make ups I still need to do…..). Glad this recipe included family favorites- all the better. It has been fabulous to cook with you during this project and I look forward to what the future brings. Kudos on completing all the recipes ! And like you, I now wonder what I will be serving on Fridays ~

  10. It has been a amazing journey, so delighted to have cooked along with you! Congrats on completing all the recipes! I have about 15 to go…some I may never make up!
    This was a delicious dish…yours looks lovely!
    See you on TWD!

  11. It is nice to end on a high note! Your chicken looks great and how nice that you had it to share with your parents. You are one of the few to complete all of the recipes. Congratulations!

  12. Congratulations on the completion of all the recipes from the book! And your Chicken in a Pot looks utterly delightful, perfect dish for sharing with family!
    Andrea

  13. Congratulations on being a member for the 4 years. Maybe we will see each other over at TWD. I am glad that you all liked the garlic on bread too. My crowd did not like it but I did. Have a great week.

  14. doriegreenspan

    Complete! All done! Finished! Incredible! Congratulations and how wonderful and extraordinary. And, as others have said, how sweet that you finished with a dish you loved – xoDorie

  15. Congratulations on cooking all of the recipes! And I’m so glad the final one was a hit for you and you were able to share it with your parents. We really liked it, too. Now, on to the retrospectives (and boxes of tissues).

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