Braised Chicken with Creamy Wine Sauce
The Chardonnay gives a nice finesse to the creamy sauce. A decent sparkling wine from France or California would lighten up the sauce considerably.
Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces chicken, 2/3 cup vegetables, and 1/2 cup sauce)
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 275
- Calories from fat: 26%
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated fat: 1.9g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.9g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
- Protein: 35.6g
- Carbohydrate: 14.4g
- Fiber: 1.7g
- Cholesterol: 98mg
- Iron: 2.6mg
- Sodium: 386mg
- Calcium: 111mg
- 1/2 pound fresh pearl onions, unpeeled
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons margarine, divided
- 1 cup slivered onion
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
- 4 (8-ounce) chicken breast halves, skinned
- 2 chicken drumsticks (about 1/2 pound), skinned
- 2 chicken thighs (about 1/2 pound), skinned
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 cup Chardonnay or other dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 (10 1/2-ounce) can low-salt chicken broth
- 1/2 cup evaporated skimmed milk
- 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, quartered
- Drop pearl onions into boiling water in a Dutch oven, and cook 3 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water, and peel. Set aside.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of margarine in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add slivered onion, carrot, and celery; sauté 5 minutes. Place the onion mixture in a bowl; set aside.
- Add chicken pieces to Dutch oven; cook 4 minutes, turning chicken pieces once. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low; cook 10 minutes. Combine flour, salt, and pepper; sprinkle over both sides of chicken. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Return onion mixture to pan; add wine and next 4 ingredients, stirring gently. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan, and arrange on a serving platter; set aside, and keep warm. Discard bay leaf.
- Bring sauce to a boil; cook 7 minutes or until the sauce is reduced to about 3 cups, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium; gradually stir in milk, and cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cover and set aside.
- Melt the remaining 2 teaspoons margarine in a skillet over medium heat, and add pearl onions. Sauté 4 minutes or until tender; remove from skillet. Add mushrooms, and sauté 3 minutes. Arrange the pearl onions and the mushrooms around chicken on serving platter, and spoon the sauce over chicken and vegetables.
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