Chicken Confit in Olive Oil

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  1. kaxixi

    kaxixi Senior member

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    I got the idea for this dish from a nearby restaurant (Domku on Upshur--they specialize in Eastern European and Scandinavian fare) and was excited by the prospect of a cheaper, healthier confit. It came out very good.

    1 package chicken thighs
    3 cloves garlic
    olive oil - approximately 1.5 cups
    black and red pepper to taste

    1. Brine the chicken for approximately eight hours (I skipped this step).
    2. Drain chicken, place in slow cooker, and cover almost completely in olive oil. Add spices.
    3. Cook on high for one hour, then on low for another seven.
    4. Carefully remove from slow cooker and serve.

    I know olive oil is unstable at high temperatures, but do you think it might also oxidize if cooked for this long? It did not look or taste burnt and the chicken is delicious.
     


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    foodguy Senior member

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    i have confited pork in olive oil and it does work. however, i have to say that it did seem harder to digest. i don't know whether i'm getting delicate in my old age, but i've never had that problem with pork or duck fat.
     


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    I got the idea for this dish from a nearby restaurant (Domku on Upshur--they specialize in Eastern European and Scandinavian fare) and was excited by the prospect of a cheaper, healthier confit. It came out very good.

    1 package chicken thighs
    3 cloves garlic
    olive oil - approximately 1.5 cups
    black and red pepper to taste

    1. Brine the chicken for approximately eight hours (I skipped this step).
    2. Drain chicken, place in slow cooker, and cover almost completely in olive oil. Add spices.
    3. Cook on high for one hour, then on low for another seven.
    4. Carefully remove from slow cooker and serve.

    I know olive oil is unstable at high temperatures, but do you think it might also oxidize if cooked for this long? It did not look or taste burnt and the chicken is delicious.


    I am going to try this.

    Off the cuff (and I am no authority), I doubt you'll have trouble with olive oil in the first hour of a slow cooker/crock pot (I know I wouldn't in mine). You could always switch to canola oil.
     


  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Just out of curiousity, why didn't you brine when the recipe called for it? I ask as I've become a big fan of brining.
     


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    Just out of curiousity, why didn't you brine when the recipe called for it? I ask as I've become a big fan of brining.

    Brining is great except for if you care about your figure... you retain a lot of water.
     


  7. kaxixi

    kaxixi Senior member

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    Because I hadn't decide what I wanted to make in advance.
     


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    I put this in the cooker this morning. Will report back.
     


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    i have heard about octopus cooked this way being amazing but never found a recipe.
     


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    There was a very, very slight olive oil flavor, but that could be attributed to the fact that I was looking for it. Over all, I thought it was great. Would make it again.
     


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    There was a very, very slight olive oil flavor, but that could be attributed to the fact that I was looking for it. Over all, I thought it was great. Would make it again.

    You didn't happen to take any pictures did you? How was the texture? Skin?
     


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    The skin was about what one would expect from two-hour-old chicken confit. It cooked for about 1.5 hours longer that the recipe recommends because no one was home to remove it from the oil. I got home about two hours after my wife removed it from the oil.

    I actually packed the leftovers for lunch today, and can upload pics if you like, but I don't know how much you're going to take away from cell phone pics of two day old chicken.
     


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    does the skin crisp when you re-heat it? i've never really gotten the point of confited chicken, to be honest. duck and pork work for me because when you saute them the surface crisps up nice ... great contrast to the meat. with chicken, i'd be afraid it would just be mush on mush.
     


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    It crisps more than expected. It was not your typical rubbery crock-pot chicken skin.
     


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    I did not bother crisping the skin. I will try next time. I bet that really improves the texture.
     


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