16 December 2012

'Tis Tasty 6

Chicken Sauce Piquant


•  1 (3 pound) fryer chicken, cut into pieces
•  1 large onion, chopped
•  1 green bell pepper, chopped
•  2 small cans tomato sauce
•  ½ cup cooking oil, (excellent choice: rice bran oil)
•  2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
•  salt and black pepper to taste
•  2 - 3 cloves garlic, minced
•  3 - 4 cups chicken broth total
•  2 cups long grain rice


•  In large, heavy cast iron Dutch oven heat cooking oil over medium heat.

•  Add chicken pieces that have been salted and peppered and cooked over medium heat, turning frequently until nice and brown.

•  Remove chicken from oil, place on dish and set aside.

•  Add chopped onions, pepper and garlic to oil in Dutch oven and sauté until onion and garlic is translucent. Do not overcook. 

•  Add tomato sauce and 2 cups chicken broth.

•  Return chicken to pot and increase heat to medium high and bring to gentle boil.

•  Reduce heat to medium low.
•  Add fresh parsley plus salt and pepper to taste.
•  Add remaining 2 cups chicken broth.
•  Simmer in open Dutch oven while occasionally gently shaking pot for about 1 ½ hours until chicken separates from bones. Do not stir, but only shake pot.

Serve chicken sauce piquant over bed of long grain rice.

With the possible exception of parts of the midwestern US which is reputed to produce the best accent free broadcast voices in the country, every area has unique pronunciations and inflections, e.g., New york City, Boston, Texas, etc.

Several online dictionaries provide verbal pronunciations of specific words. Piquant is one of them.

St. Bernard Parish...located directly east of, and down river from...New Orleans on the eastern banks of the Mississippi River is one of the places that has its own language. The populace does not consider themselves to be Cajun.

Cajuns...L'Acadiane...are directly descended from the Francophones of Canadian Maritimes in eastern Canada.

Having rambled away from the "Chalmation Nation" of St. Bernard Parish, I return to their unique pronunciation of piquant.  Definitely not of any dictionary we know, the word sounds like "pee-caw" and don't you dare try to correct them. Food's great. Pronunciation's gawd awful.

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