Whew, what a busy month it's been! After a visit from relatives and a quick trip to Universal Studios, it's time to get back to cooking.
I've been wanted to try this recipe for quite some time because I love to cook chicken breasts on the bone, and braising adds lots of flavor to the chicken, while keeping the meat moist and juicy. Cooking the meat with the bones on does add a little extra time to the cooking process, but the extra flavor is well worth the additional time. Once again, cooking low and slow delivers excellent results.
This recipe seemed so simple, I wasn't sure what to expect, but to my surprise, this dish is not only very simple to make, the flavor is rich and elegant enough to serve as a special occasion dinner. The final touch to this dish is the brown mushroom sauce that pulls all of the flavors together.
Herbs de Provence is a new seasoning blend that I was not very familiar with, but I was excited to try. Basically a combination of thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, chervil, bay leaf and savory, this blend includes all of the classic French herbs in one jar. Even with a cabinet full of herbs and spices, this one is something extra special, and I can't wait to try it in other dishes. The flavor is just incredible.
This dish starts with braising the chicken in olive oil and butter, adding sliced mushrooms, white wine and the herbs, then slowly cooking the chicken in the braising liquid. When the chicken is cooked, the sauce only takes 5 minutes to prepare and dinner is ready. Serve with wild rice and steamed veggies. Enjoy!!
3 - 4 large Bone-In Chicken Breasts, skin on
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
3 TB Olive Oil
3 TB Butter
10 oz Mushrooms, sliced
1 TB Herbs de Provence
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup Dry White Wine, divided
2 heaping TB Dijon Mustard
1/3 cup Heavy Cream
Rinse the chicken under cool water and pat dry with paper towels, then season generously with salt and pepper.
In a large deep pot, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat, then add the chicken to the pan, skin side down. Brown the chicken on all sides, about 12 minutes total.
Remove chicken from the pan to a platter and add the mushrooms to the pan. Sauté mushrooms for 5 minutes, scraping up any browned bits. Add the chicken back to the pan, sprinkle the chicken with the herbs, then pour the 1/2 cup of white wine around the chicken. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 - 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. (The chicken breasts we used were fairly thick, so they needed the full 40 minutes. You could also use chicken thighs instead of the chicken breasts.)
Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a platter. Cover with foil to keep warm. Add the 1/4 cup white wine to the pan, stirring to blend, and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the mustard and cream to the pan, increase the heat slightly to medium, and stir until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve. Serves about 6.