French Country Chicken in wine is a delightfully easy meal to prepare. A great fall recipe that is a “one pot” meal and pretty much takes care of itself. A great family dinner, or one to share with friends in a casual setting.
1 large roasting chicken
6 -8 large mushrooms
4 oz bacon ( 3-4 strips)*
If no bacon substitute 2 T butter
3 cups Carrots
5 medium size Golden Yukon potatoes
2 cups white cooking wine
Place Chicken in roasting pan without a rack. Fill potatoes, carrots in around chicken. Add mushrooms.
Salt & Pepper
Grind over chicken and vegetables
Add the wine…. Sometimes is takes…. a little more
Roast at 375 degrees in a pre heated oven for
1 1/2 hours basting every 30 minutes.
When chicken is done, remove chicken to a platter and cover. (Allowing the chicken to “rest” locks in the juices prior to carving) Remove the vegetables and place in bowl.
Now, with the use of a whisk, either drain your sauce into a small sauce pan or place your roasting pan onto the stove to make the gravy.
When I’m not pressed for time, I make a roué. When I’m in a hurry or distracted by kids, I simply take a tablespoon of corn starch and add it to 1/8th cup water. Use the whisk to keep your juices from sticking as you bring them to a boil. Then add the thickening agent and continue stirring until sauce has thickened about 3 minutes.
Wine selection for this meal is a Shiraz or Syrah.
2007 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
This wine is rich & intense on the palate. Has layers of flavors, smoked wood & blueberries 92 points Robert Parker 90 points Wine Spectator $18.99