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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Chasseur sauce and chicken and mushroom casserole

Here's a lovely recipe that won't break the budget. Chicken and mushroom casserole - or as it's known in France - chicken chasseur.

4 chicken legs
200g chestnut mushrooms - sliced
1 onion or the equivalent in shallots (we used 3 small shallots) - finely chopped
couple of cloves of garlic - minced
bay leaf - optional
tarragon - optional
2 glasses of wine (red or white according to taste/stock used)
half a litre of stock
chopped parsley to garnish
Brown the meat pieces - we kept the skin on. Sweat onion/shallot in a pan until soft, add mushrooms and garlic then cook for a couple more minutes. Add wine and reduce this to half. Return the browned chicken pieces to the pan. Add the stock.
We put our ingredients into an oven proof dish, covered and cooked at 140 degrees C for and hour and a half. It could also be simmered gently on the hob if preferred.
Once cooked, remove liquid, strain the fat and reduce this to desired consistency (probably by half), I think ours could have done with a little more reduction. Just before serving, add some chopped parsley, and if you have it, a little tarragon which will lift the sauce - then season to taste.
A busy day today, so the casserole was a good choice. Great budget food with lots of flavour. I'll be making my favourite chicken soup tomorrow, using the chicken carcass for my stock.

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