Saturday, April 14, 2012

Poulet Saute Bourguigonne

This is another recipe from Boulestin, adapted from one for a young chicken weighing about a kilo (size 10) to a larger bird with a proportionately longer cooking time. The secret to good presentation seems to be not to turn the chicken once it's simmering; otherwise the skin and flesh take on a purplish hue from the wine. If using a commercial bouquet, remove it about halfway through to avoid an overly strong, possibly bitter flavour. Boulestin's chicken is sauteed in burgundy which, in Australia, is now called pinot noir.

Poulet Saute Bourguigonne

I chicken, size 14 or 16, cut into 7 or 8 pieces - drumsticks, thighs, wings and breast
50g butter
2 rashers bacon, thinly sliced
8 small onions
Fresh parsley, thyme and a bay leaf tied into a bouquet, or a commercial bouquet garni
1 glass red wine, preferably pinot noir

125g mushrooms
Salt, pepper

In a large frypan, saute the chicken pieces, onions and bacon in butter heated to the foaming stage for 2 or 3 minutes only. Turn the pieces, put in salt, pepper, a bouquet and a glass of red wine, preferably pinot noir.

Cover and simmer on a low heat for 40 minutes. Then add the mushrooms, which have been sliced and cooked in butter for a few minutes, remove the bouquet and let the dish simmer 5 minutes more.

This is a dish with a short sauce. It goes well with the wine in which it has been cooked, in this case a Port Phillip Estate 2010 Pinot Noir from Victoria's Mornington Peninsular.

Serves 4.

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