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Chicken with Shallots and Orange and Cinnamon Sauce Recipe

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Chicken and Shallots
Jeff Koehler

Chicken and Shallots

"The central market in Valencia is one of the most spectacular in the country, with soaring cupolas, ceilings that reach 100 feet/30 m, and ample windows that infuse it with Mediterranean light. And that is only the architecture! Nearly one thousand food stalls offer the spectacular makings of Valencia’s rather baroque cuisine. The city was under Muslim rule for five centuries (until 1238), and that legacy can clearly be tasted. One prominent influence is the frequent combination of sweet and savory. This chicken dish is one such example, and is adapted from a small book that the stall holders put together a few years ago." — Jeff Koehler, from his cookbook "Spain". 



Deliver Ingredients


  • 3 Pounds Free-range chicken drumsticks and thighs
  • Ground white pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 18 whole shallots
  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Cup fresh Valencia orange juice
  • 1 Teaspoon all-purpose flour, plus more for dredging
  • Salt


Remove the skin and trim the excess fat from the chicken. Rinse and pat dry. Season with salt and white pepper.

Peel the shallots. Finely chop two of them and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

In a cazuela, heavy casserole, large sauté pan, or deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Lightly dredge the chicken in flour and brown in single-layer batches that don’t crowd the pan, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer to a platter.

Add the whole shallots to the cazuela and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes, and then transfer with a slotted spoon to the platter with the chicken. Add the chopped shallots and cook until tender and golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in the 1 teaspoon flour and then add the orange juice and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring continually. Remove the pan from the heat.

In a large baking dish or roasting pan, arrange the chicken without overlapping the pieces, scatter around the whole shallots, and pour over the sauce. Loosely cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is done and just starting to separate from the bone.

Spoon the sauce into a saucepan and reduce by about one-fourth over high heat into a thickish glaze, about 3 minutes. To serve, place a drumstick and a thigh with some whole shallots on each plate and ladle over some sauce.

Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Chicken Cooking Tip

Allow meat to rest for at least ten minutes before slicing into it; otherwise, the juices will leak out.

Chicken Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.