Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bistro Chicken Casserole

I found this while trolling blogs for food. I have scribbled "You've got it Made" in the margin, so that must be the website I lifted it from.

I didn't quite make it as written since I had a hard time with the toast and cheese on top. It reminds me of Coq Au Vin, which I had tried to make before and it turned out purple. Had a hard time choking down purple chicken.

Here is what I did with it:

1/4 cup olive oil

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

salt and pepper

4 shallots, quartered

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered

1 cup Burgundy wine (mine was just a red)

2 cups chicken broth

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup flour

Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and add to pot. Saute on both sides until chicken is golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate. Add shallots, garlic and thyme. Saute until garlic is fragrant and shallots are softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes until they begin to color. Return chicken to pan, pour in wine and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. In a small bowl, combine butter and flour to make a paste. Stir into bubbling casserole and stir until thickened. Original recipe then has you toast 8 pieces of French bread, lay on top of casserole then sprinkle with 1 cup Gruyere cheese and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees F. I just wasn't sure that toasty bread and cheese on top would work for Dude.

I made a batch of mashed potatoes and send it to work with him. I hate mushrooms and I am not a fan of dark meat, but this was AMAZING! I didn't eat any shrooms, but the sauce was crazy good and it didn't turn purple!


Alea said...

This sounds awesome! Especially with a large serving of mashed potatoes. I like the adjustments that you made.

Lys said...

Oh this looks GREAT!!!!!

Julie said...

Those flavors sound like they work great together!

noble pig said...

Oh good lawd this sounds yummy!!!

Debbie said...

It looks delicious and I love the wine in it!

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Monica H said...

Yum, you can throw all your extra shrooms on over to my plate. this looks tasty.