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Photo: Rachel Weill; Styling: Dan Becker Photo by: Photo: Rachel Weill; Styling: Dan Becker

Pan-roasted Chicken on Bacon Mushroom Ragout

Be very generous with the cracked pepper on the chicken; it makes a wonderful flavor bridge to the wine.

Sunset SEPTEMBER 2008

  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Total:1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

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.

Nutritional Information

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
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