Red Hot Hen (sallye) Recipe

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sallye bates


iI've had this recipe since the early 70's. I've updated it somewhat here, but it is basically still the same fiery chicken we love.

A huge pitcher of iced tea or margaritas served with the meal makes a wonderful dampener for the heat.

A bonus is that it's a pretty healthy dish.

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yield 4 servings


10 Min


35 Min


Stove Top


1 medium
whole chicken (approx 3 lbs)
1 medium
yellow onion
1 clove
2 Tbsp
butter or cooking oil
1 tsp
sea salt
1 tsp
1 Tbsp
all purpose flour
3 medium
jalapeno peppers

Directions Step-By-Step


For less heat, use only 2 jalapeno peppers

If you don't have creme fraiche, you can sustitute 1 cup sour cream

In place of whole chicken, you can use 4 chicken breasts or 8 thighs or even 4 chicken quarters.
Wash chicken and pat dry.

Cut into serving pieces (or you can buy chicken already cut up). Set aside
Peel onion and cut into quarters

Peel garlic clove

Place both in food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped (don't overprocess) Transfer to small bowl and set aside

Cut jalapenos in half, remove core, seeds and veins.

Place in foor processor and coarsely chop. Transfer to small bowl and set aside.
Place heavy large skillet (I use cast iron) on medium high heat. Add butter or oil to pan.

When butter is bubbling (or oil is shimmering), add chicken pieces and brown well on all sides.

Depending on size of your skillet, you may have to brown chicken in batches.

When chicken is browned, remove from skillet and set aside; cover to keep warm.
In same skillet, add onions and garlic.

Saute until translucent (about 3 minutes). Sprinkle salt and paprika over them and stir.

Add flour and stir until combined

Place chicken back in pan and mix into onion mixture.

Place lid on skillet.
Turn heat to medium low and cook for about 20 minutes, turning chicken from time to time.

Add creme fraiche ( or sour cream if desired) and peppers.

Blend well.

Cook for approximately 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and serve immediately.
Great served over steamed rice or mashed potatoes

You may garnish with chives and grated cheese if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Southwestern