Carolina Poulet Rouge
1 Whole Poulet Rouge (substitute 3 Lbs. regular chicken)
3 Eggs (beaten)
2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Dried Brown Eye Beans (substitute navy or great northern beans)
6 Cups Chicken Broth
1 Bunch Swiss Chard
2 Oz. Smoked Bacon
1 Yellow Onion (small diced)
1 Roma Tomato
2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Method of Preparation:
Cover the beans with water by #" and let soak overnight. Render the bacon on low heat for 10 minutes or until it starts to crisp a little and fat starts coming out. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Remove the legs from the chicken and add to the pan. Drain the water off the beans and add to the pan. Cover with the chicken broth, bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Do not add salt, it will prevent the beans from becoming soft. Once the beans are cooked through, you may season with salt and pepper. Remove the chicken legs from the pot and discard. Add chopped swiss chard and diced roma tomatoes to the pot. Cook for another 5 minutes, add butter and 1 tbsp. of lemon juice.
Remove the breasts from the chicken, season with salt and pepper and roast at 350°F for 20 minutes. Let them rest for 5 minutes, then cut into 3 pieces.
Cut the thighs into 1"x1" pieces. Dust the thighs with flour, dip in beaten eggs then in flour again. Fry in 350°F vegetable oil for 3-4 minutes. Remove the thighs from the oil and drain on a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the pieces of chicken breast in a bowl, spoon the bean mixture around chicken with some of the liquid. Place a few pieces of the fried chicken in the bowl. Serve immediately.
**Poulet Rouge is a heritage chicken from Piedmont, North Carolina. The eggs are imported from France and the birds are raised on several small family farms, preventing overcrowding and preserving a true free-range environment. They are hormone/antibiotic free and grain fed with no animal by-products.
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