Dorie’s Chicken in a Pot for #SundaySupper Home for the Holidays

This week’s Sunday Supper is all about family and traditions, especially foodie traditions that have been handed down through generations.

For my family, we don’t have any Christmas foodie traditions. My parents grew up in rural China, where Christmas wasn’t celebrated. What I totally appreciate is the fact that my parents, who came to Canada at the age of 30 without any money, no English language skills, low income jobs and three young daughters (soon to be four) still bought our family a Christmas tree within their first few years of immigrating. The lil sis ‘n I still put that tree up every single year. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it. All the decorations are the ones that we had as children, many of them made by the two of us in elementary school. The plastic angel on top has seen better days. What little tinsel is left from the original package is all crinkly, some of it burnt by the old school lights. The whole thing looks tacky as hell but I love it. It makes me feel like a kid again every single year.

There’s no Christmas make-out music for you this week. Instead I’m sharing my favourite scene from It’s A Wonderful Life:

The ending from one of my most beloved Christmas movies, White Christmas:

And this hilariously awkward rendition by Justin Bieber of the Christmas hit, All I Want for Christmas Is You. There’s something really disturbing about watching Mariah writhe around in lingerie with a teenaged boy:

Even if you can’t stomach watching this whole video clip, skip to 3:23 where they’re in the sleigh together. It’s worth it – trust.

The dish I made for this week isn’t one that’s traditional in my life but it’s one that I’ve added to my kitchen rotation. I love chicken – if I had to choose only one meat to eat for the rest of my life, that would be it.

My Adaptation of Dorie’s Chicken in a Pot for original recipe, see here
This isn’t a strictly follow by the numbers recipes. It’s totally adaptable – you can throw in whatever you want!

5 cloves of garlic, peeled, slightly smashed
1 large onion, diced
bacon – I used 4 strips and diced it
4 carrots, cut into four pieces each
5 celery stalks, roughly cut
salt and pepper
4 sprigs fresh thyme
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
1 chicken, which I left whole but you can cut it up
mushrooms (however many you can fit in your pot)
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine (or another 1/2 cup of chicken broth)

For the seal:
about 1 1/2 cups of flour
about 3/4 cup hot water

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.

Generously salt and pepper the chicken.

Using a large dutch oven, set it on your stove at high heat and add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chicken and brown it on all sides. Remove the chicken and set it aside.
In the same dutch oven or oven-proof pot, fry the bacon until it’s almost cooked. I didn’t bother straining out the fat but you can at this stage. Add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are tender. Add in the rest of the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are lightly browned. Place the chicken back into the pot on top of the vegetables. Add the herbs. Pour in the chicken broth and wine.

In case you're wondering, that weird alien-like thing is the chicken neck.  Yum yum!

In case you’re wondering, that weird alien-like thing is the chicken neck. Yum yum!

At this point, you can either cover the pot with aluminum foil and the lid but I recommend taking the fun route by making a sticky paste out of flour and water to seal. To make the paste, stir the flour and water together, mixing until you have a soft, workable dough. My dough was super sticky – I probably should’ve added more flour to it so that it’d be more like a dough but c’est la vie. The original recipe calls for shaping the dough into a long sausage like log so that you can prettily and easily press it against the rim and then place the lid on top to form a seal.

Not-so-brilliant me simply slathered my flour paste against the side of the pot. It looks disgusting but did the trick.
Slide the pot into the oven and bake for 70 minutes. If your chicken is huge and you think it should cook longer, turn the heat down to 325 and leave it in for another 15-30 minutes.

Remove the pot from the oven and be uber careful removing the lid. Dorie recommends wiggling a screwdriver between the dough and the pot. I simply cracked mine open with my meat mallet.
Voila! The chicken was super moist and so flavourful from the vegetables and herbs. We ate it over several days with good, crusty bread for dipping into the broth. This was incredibly easy to make and tasted like pure comfort.
I wish all of you the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of holidays. Spend it with your loved ones, eat, drink, and appreciate every moment you have together.

Our host is the wonderful Beate of Galactopdx. Check out her tantalizing dish and every delicious morsel from the rest of the Sunday Supper family:


Appetizers & Snacks


Main Dishes



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82 thoughts on “Dorie’s Chicken in a Pot for #SundaySupper Home for the Holidays

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  2. I think we haven´t made that recipe with the Dorie group yet. The broth should be amazing! Can´t wait to try it.
    You´re right about that last clip, it is disturbing, like a modern version of the graduate. Whoever edited that? LOL!
    Have the best holidays Nancy, it´s so great to have met you!

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  8. OH my gosh, SOOOOO fun! I think you have a new tradition…cracking the meat mallot against the pot! Merry Christmas!

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  12. This cookbook is on my wishlist! This chicken dish looks amazing!

    Okay, so, wasn’t the Biebs under 18 when he made this video? Regardless, it’s a little disturbing and thank you for putting this image in my head – your “national treasure” being sullied by Ms. Mimi. Get that woman a coat or something!

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  14. This chicken sounds wonderful! And the chicken neck! I love chicken necks; I always have. To me it’s the special treat that I nibble on first when the roast chicken comes out of the oven. So good. I am so glad to see that someone else likes it too!

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  18. I’ve never understood the Justin-Mariah thing either but that video always makes me laugh! Love your description of your Christmas tree .. some of my favourite ornaments are the ugliest ones that I remember from my childhood, and I have to sneak them onto the tree each year 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  20. Oh I’ve made this recipe plenty of times (except I use chicken quarters because I cant eat a whole chicken alone). Yours looks wonderful! Merry Christmas, Nancy!

  21. Nancy,
    LOVE this!! This was one of the first recipes from Dorie that I wanted to try and I still have not tried it! Now, I have to. . looks fabulous!
    Also, love the videos that you add to your posts.. and love that a few people here commented on the Mariah/Justin one 😛 you are so right… and I watched every single minute of that video!! 😛
    I love that you guys still put up the same tree you guys had while growing up. . we did the same thing. . so I was disappointed to find out my dad finally threw the tree away a couple years ago! 😦

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  23. The old Christmas ornaments and decorations are simply the best no matter how old and crinkly they get. The memories associated with them cannot be substituted with any new bright, shiny, or perfect one.
    Now about your recipe, you have me so intrigued with the dough seal on the pot. What an awesome way to seal in all the moisture and I bet it makes the chicken the best ever.

  24. What?! What do you mean soon to be 4???? You and I have lived parallel lives. We don’t have Christmas traditions either I am now the proud owner of my parents Christmas tree. I didn’t put it up this year so my mom was kind of upset with me. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family! This dish is a show stopper. You so fancy girl! Happy New Year. Now we both know that New Year’s is a HUGE deal! 😉

  25. Hahaha that bread seal is amazing!!! And cracking it open with a meat mallet sounds super fun. I don’t know what this says about me, but I actually thought it looked delicious when I saw that first photo…I thought it was some kind of yummy pastry that you’d somehow eat with the chicken, I think. Lol and thanks for that Bieber video! So, so awk. Anyway, hope you had a great Christmas!

  26. I’m so intreagued by how you made this chicken!!! So impressive! Love it! The meat mallet certainly had its usefulness didn’t it! The addition of the chicken neck – so much additional flavour, as well as the bacon. Totally delish.

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