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.
Pan-roasted Chicken on Bacon Mushroom Ragout
Photo: Rachel Weill; Styling: Dan Becker
Be very generous with the cracked pepper on the chicken; it makes a wonderful flavor bridge to the wine.
Yield: Serves 6
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1 Hour, 30 Minutes
Amount per serving
- Calories: 585
- Calories from fat: 54%
- Protein: 53g
- Fat: 35g
- Saturated fat: 11g
- Carbohydrate: 14g
- Fiber: 2.4g
- Sodium: 365mg
- Cholesterol: 160mg
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
- 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
- 1. 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.
- 2. 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.
- 3. 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.
- 4. 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.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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