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Champagne-Browned Butter Chicken

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on time 50 mins
Total time 1 hr, 45 mins
Yield

Serves 6 (serving size: 1 drumstick, 1 thigh, 2 carrots, about 2/3 cup mushroom mixture, and about 2 tablespoons sauce)

This intensely-flavored chicken dish features chicken that's browned in bacon drippings and baked in a Dutch oven along with carrots, potatoes and herbs.  Then the chicken and vegetables are topped with a rich butter-Champagne sauce for a hearty dish that's perfect for entertaining.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices center-cut bacon
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned (about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • 6 bone-in chicken drumsticks, skinned (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 pound red-skinned potatoes, quartered
  • 1 pound button mushrooms, halved
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 4 shallots, halved
  • 3/4 cup no-salt-added chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 12 baby carrots with tops
  • 1 cup Champagne
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

Nutrition Information

  • calories 464
  • fat 16.9 g
  • satfat 5.7 g
  • monofat 6.5 g
  • polyfat 3.1 g
  • protein 35.9 g
  • carbohydrate 39.2 g
  • fiber 3.1 g
  • cholesterol 123 mg
  • iron 4.2 mg
  • sodium 658 mg
  • calcium 40 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 300°.

  2. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp; remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan. Reserve bacon for another use. Place 2/3 cup flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dredge chicken lightly in flour; shake off excess flour. Increase heat to medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon oil to drippings in pan; swirl to coat. Add half of chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over; cook 2 minutes. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and chicken.

  3. Add potatoes to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in brandy. Cook until liquid almost evaporates (about 30 seconds), stirring occasionally. Return chicken to pan. Add shallots and stock; bring to a boil. Place peppercorns and next 3 ingredients (through parsley) on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges; tie with butcher's twine. Add bundle to pan. Bake, uncovered, at 300° for 15 minutes.

  4. Trim carrot tops to 1-inch; scrub carrots. Add the carrots to pan. Bake an additional 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken is done. Remove chicken and vegetables from pan; keep warm. Discard herb bundle. Place pan over medium-high heat. Add wine to pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook until mixture reduces to 2/3 cup (about 11 minutes).

  5. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook butter 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan occasionally. Stir in 1 teaspoon flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Gradually add butter mixture to reduced wine mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thick. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve with chicken and vegetables. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and thyme.