Sunday, 24 May 2015

Chicken Chasseur.

Chasseur [sha-sur; Fr. sha-sœr] a French term for hunter.
Chicken Chasseur has now started appearing on menus as hunters chicken! 
Chasseur sauce is a dark sauce traditionally used for game and wild fowl containing mushrooms, shallots, tomatoes and finely chopped herbs. 
The hunters would pick the mushrooms when returning from the hunt.

Fry some chopped smoked bacon in a pan and add to a casserole.
Colour your chicken pieces in butter in the same pan on a med heat and place in the casserole.
Then soften some whole shallots and add to the chicken.
Deglaze the pan with white wine, then add chicken or veg stock and a good squeeze of tomato puree.
Reduce by half.
Add whole button or chopped mushrooms to the casserole  a bay leaf and some finely chopped thyme and tarragon.
Pour the reduced liquid over the chicken and veg, cover and place in a med/low oven for an hour or until the chicken is cooked through.

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