Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Poached Chicken

Adapted from Julia Child's original recipe (Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume II). An easy one-pot supper that is light but satisfying, a family favorite for more than 40 years. 
4 lb fryer, cut up, or breasts with attached ribs plus bone-in thighs
3 T butter
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into large diagonal pieces
1 large white onion, cut through poles into large wedges
3 ribs celery, cut into large diagonal pieces
1 leek, cleaned of soil and sliced across
2 c chicken stock
1 c dry white wine
1 t dry tarragon
salt and pepper
Skin chicken parts and trim away all visible fat. Heat a large heavy pot over medium, and add the butter. When sizzling stops, stir in the vegetables, and saute for five minutes. Add chicken, cover, and turn off heat for 5 minutes. Add stock, wine, and tarragon. Return to a simmer for 45 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over steamed white rice in a deep bowl, along with the vegetables and broth. Serves four as a main course.

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