This dish delivers a lot of sophistication for not much time spent in the kitchen. The chicken rests on a bed of mild autumn vegetables, enriched with cream and wine. If the chicken you buy weighs more than 2 pounds, you may need to simmer it a few more minutes.
4 leg-thigh chicken quarters or 8 leg and thigh pieces (2 lbs. total)
About 1 tsp. kosher salt
About 1 tsp. pepper
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium fennel bulbs
4 heads Belgian endive
1 large shallot
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
How to Make It
Sprinkle chicken with 1 tsp. each salt and pepper. In a large, heavy frying pan over medium-high heat, melt 1 tbsp. butter with the oil. Add chicken in a single layer and cook, without moving, until browned underneath, about 5 minutes. Turn over and cook until second side is lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate; drain fat from pan.
Meanwhile, trim fennel bulbs (chop and reserve 1/4 cup fronds) and cut bulbs into quarters; core and thinly slice. Trim ends of endive and quarter heads lengthwise. Chop shallot.
Return pan to medium-high heat. Add wine and broth and stir, scraping bottom, to release browned bits from pan. Add chicken, fennel, endive, shallot, and remaining butter. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally (pan will be very full at first), until chicken is no longer pink at the bone, about 15 minutes.
Add cream to pan, increase heat to high, and cook uncovered, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon into a shallow bowl and sprinkle with parsley and reserved fennel fronds.
Tasty, but rather boring. The vegetables were definitely not carmelized as the other reviewer pointed out. I read the recipe three times, thinking I had skipped something, because there was no place in the instructions for the carmelization to take place. Then I read the other reviewer's comment and knew it just wasn't going to happen without an adjustment. I like to try recipes as written first. If I make it again, I'll experiment.
I made this last night and it was wonderful. I used 8 large chicken thighs. And I will make it again. However ... there's always the however or but..... isn't there. Nothing carmelized. I don't see that there is enough time for it to carmelize. The pan is full and it's difficult to move things around. I didn't use the largest pan I had, but the food was in one layer. But as I said, it was excellent and will make it again.
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