10/09/2010 11:46 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Recession Recipe: Sauteed Chicken

Saturday, October 2nd was one year from the day we aired our 1st episode - today we're making sauteed chicken as an homage to that first recipe. We're using the same raw material - a whole roaster - but putting it together a different way. Same basic ingredients, same general cost, 2 separate meals. Damn, we're good! No wonder we've made it a year!

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ONTO YEAR TWO! Bigger, better, funnier, awesomer and more fabulous. We can't wait!

Sauteed Chicken


-1 4-5 pound whole roasting chicken

-2 Tbsp butter

-1 Tbsp olive oil

-1 Tbsp Paprika

-salt and pepper to taste

Pan sauce

-1/2 shallot, minced

-1/2 cup Vermouth or White Wine

-1/2 cup Chicken stock

-1 Tbsp or more cream (optional)

-1 squeeze of lemon

-salt and pepper to taste


-Rinse chicken and pat it completely dry

-Break down chicken (watch this video for a tutorial) into 8 pieces: 2 legs, 2 thighs, 2 breasts and 2 wings.

-heat a pan on high. Add butter and oil. Once butter is bubbling, add chicken pieces to the pan, skin side down. Sear for 2 1/2 minutes then turn each piece and cook on the other side for another 2 1/2 minutes. 5 minutes total.

-After 5 minutes, turn the chicken again so it's skin side down, then turn the heat to low and cover the pan with a tight fitting lid. Cook for 15 minutes, shaking every 5 minutes or so so the chicken doesn't stick.

-After 15 minutes, season the chicken with salt, pepper and Paprika. Remove the breasts to a plate. Cover and cook the dark meat for another 5 minutes.

-Remove all chicken to a plate and set aside.

-Remove excess grease from pan and place it back on the low heat. Mince 1/2 a shallot and throw it in the pan. Let it cook in the chicken juices for 3-4 minutes before turning the heat to high and adding Vermouth and Chicken stock. Let the sauce reduce by half before finishing with lemon squeeze cream, salt and pepper.

-Pour sauce over chicken and serve OR store in fridge up to 1 week!