Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Tiffany Vickers
Yield
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup egg noodles, 2 chicken thighs, and about 1/2 cup vegetable mixture)

This chicken recipe elevates the weeknight staple to a new level of decadence. Make it tonight for a flavorful dish that's guaranteed to please.

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes, browning on both sides. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.

Step 2

Add remaining 2 teaspoons butter to pan; swirl until butter melts. Add carrot, onion, celery, and dried plums; cook 4 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften, stirring frequently. Stir in thyme and sage; cook 30 seconds. Stir in mustard. Add broth and 3/4 cup water, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; bring to a simmer.

Step 3

Return chicken to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 35 minutes. Uncover, increase heat to medium-high, and simmer until sauce is reduced by half (about 10 minutes). Stir in salt and pepper. Serve over noodles.

Step 4

Wine note: This simple dinner deserves a tasty, affordable wine. Astica Chardonnay 2008 ($6), from Argentina, is made without the use of oak, making it a nice, fruity match for the dried plums in this stew. --Jeffery Lindenmuth

Ratings & Reviews

EllenDeller's Review

Saecca
September 03, 2014
We liked this very much. I made it as written, except that I added about a cup of frozen peas at the end so that it could be one-dish meal with baguette slices on the side. Might use herbes de provence instead of thyme/sage next time for more of a French flavor profile. Like many such dishes, it was even more delicious when we ate leftovers for lunch the next day!

thecoloryes's Review

Tiffany0914
June 02, 2014
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Greyorra's Review

dalenecorey
January 18, 2014
Not too impressed, but it could be very good with some work.

dalenecorey's Review

KarenDiane
November 24, 2013
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daneanp's Review

ProfAmy
August 28, 2013
This is a slightly easier (and less tasty) version of Bistro Chicken with Rosemary-Roasted Potatoes (Cooking Light March 1999). A bit of work for a weeknight meal, but worth the effort because it is so delicious and the serving size is generous. I did add chopped fresh garlic to the veggies in the initial saute. DD would like garlic-mashed potatoes instead of the noodles next time. I think that can be arranged. :-)

Loves2Eat23's Review

kcnkate
February 11, 2013
This chicken was really tasty. I'm not a fan of dark meat and I still enjoyed it. I only made half of the recipe and I used half of all the ingredients except the thyme, sage, black pepper, and butter and it came out fine. I will definitely make this again, I just have to be in the mood to cook because the prep work was a little more than I bargained for. Oh, and I did not serve over noodles. I paired it with steamed green beans and sautéed onions.

Tiffany0914's Review

Roserene
December 16, 2012
I enjoyed the use of plums in this for that sweet, something different, however it wasn't something I can say I loved and I wouldn't make it again.

ejsfremont's Review

ejsfremont
November 03, 2012
Started out following recipe, except for 2 changes: made 4 thighs and increased sage to 1 tsp, otherwise I followed the recipe. The 3/4C water was too much; leaving it out would make sauce richer and shorten the time to reduce the liquid. The sauce was a little bland so I added 1 garlic clove, halved (could use 2 or even 3). Continued to cook, but it still lacked something. Added my go-to for adding savory - Worchestershire sauce. Just a splash, could have done more. A few problems with the recipe: no instructions on cooking temps.. One reviewer said her sauce reduced too much indicating a too high cooking temp. Another reviewer didn't like the 35 min cooking time, thinking this was a braised recipe. A braise is a long (hours) cooking time in a fairly small amount of liquid - this had lots of liquid, more like a stew or soup. Need better instructions for beginners re: simmer vs browning temp. Next time: more savories like garlic, rosemary etc. less liquid, longer cook time.

Savanna1986's Review

lexy7070
April 07, 2012
My husband and I LOVE this dish. The first time I made this, I made it exactly as written and I adored it. The second time, I used chicken breasts since my husband doesn't like dark meat. He liked it. I, however, didn't think it was as good. The prunes give it a really wonderful sweetness. It's delicious.

KarenDiane's Review

Roughleyme
March 29, 2012
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