baby chicken with red wine sauce

4 servings
3 tablespoons Olive oil
2 smalls Baby chickens or Cornish
  Hens, 12 to 16 ounces each,
  First two wing
  Joints removed, backbone
  Removed and butterflied
  Salt and freshly ground
  Black pepper to taste
1 cup Pearl onions, peeled
½ cup Diced carrots1/2 cup diced
2 tablespoons Dried thyme
Cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup Dry red wine
½ cup Canned plum tomatoes,
  Drained and crushed
2 cups Chicken Stock
¼ cup Crumbled crispcooked bacon

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and brown well on both sides before removing and placing in an ovenproof casserole. To the skillet in which you cooked the chicken, add the onions, carrots, turnips, thyme, and garlic, and sautJ until the vegetables begin to wilt.

Add the red wine, plum tomatoes, and chicken stock to the vegetables, and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat. Pour the vegetable mixture over the chicken in the heatproof casserole and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes. When the chicken has finished cooking, add the cooked, crumbled bacon to the casserole, and serve.

Yield: 4 servings


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