3 ounces thinly sliced bacon or pancetta, cut into thin strips
8 ounces shallots, thinly sliced crosswise
About 1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds fresh mushrooms (wild, common, or a combination), rinsed and thickly sliced
6 boned chicken breast halves (skin on; about 8 oz. each), rinsed and dried
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup Grenache or other dry red wine
1 tablespoon chopped fresh lemon thyme or regular thyme leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
How to Make It
In a small saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Add dried porcini, remove from heat, and let stand until soft, about 15 minutes. Lift porcini from broth, squeezing out any extra liquid, and chop finely. Strain broth.
In a large frying pan over medium heat, stir bacon often until fat is rendered. Add shallots; stir over medium-high heat until bacon begins to brown, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer shallots and bacon to paper towels. If pan is dry, add about 1/2 tbsp. olive oil. Add fresh mushrooms and chopped porcini; stir often over high heat until liquid has evaporated and mushrooms begin to brown, 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°. Sprinkle chicken on both sides with salt and cracked pepper. Heat butter and 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large, ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook until well browned on the bottom, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn chicken and transfer pan to oven. Bake just until chicken is no longer pink in center of thickest part, about 20 minutes.
Set chicken on a platter and keep warm. Pour wine into pan and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to scrape up browned bits. Pour mixture into pan with mushrooms and add porcini-soaking liquid, bacon-shallot mixture, and chopped thyme. Stir often over high heat until almost all liquid has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mound ragout on plates, top with chicken, and garnish with thyme sprigs.
Awesome! I'd been doing the skinless chicken breast thing for so long I forgot how wonderful chicken can be. I was just cooking it for my wife when an unexpected guest dropped in. We all enjoyed it and I've made it several times since.
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