Chicken Chasseur

Misleading menu titles, the Hunter’s Chicken episode.

Hunter’s chicken (French: poulet chasseur, poulet à la chasseur and poulet sauté chasseur), such a classic but over the years it has been hijacked by American theories of taking the original and smothering it with cheese. I shall redress that and henceforth within this post there is no further mention of the offening curd.

We shall also refer to the French title, at least in some form, albeit English.

Chicken Chasseur, I’ve skinned and de-boned 21 thighs. Don’t worry, you don’t need to do this, many like the skin on, many like the bone in. Alternatively you could just purchase thighs already skinned and de-boned; I just like to keep my hand in, ooer missus.

Do not forget, I’m cooking so many thighs as I subscribe to the create once use many theory. Put the effort in on a Sunday and you shall provide meals for easy use during the busy working week, hence I’m using my largest sauté pan. 11.5″ x 3.5″.

Deboned and Skinned, Floured

Deboned and Skinned, Floured

Take each thigh and gently roll it in flour, it matters not if plain, self-raising, or strong bread flour, it simply helps to create a slight browning, also the flour will serve as a thickening agent for the sauce later on. It is your choice to season the flour or not, depending upon the seasoning in your choice of stock, I’m using strong bread flour; read on.

Finely Dice Shallots

Finely Dice Shallots

Finely dice 3 shallots, my favoured choice are echalion (the elongated variety), you could of course use any of your choice.

Finely Diced

Finely Diced

But make sure the shallots are finely diced, not roughly chopped, you want them to almost melt in to the sauce as the cooking progresses.

Baby Button Mushrooms

Baby Button Mushrooms

Take 120g baby button mushrooms and finely slice, this is all about preparation for when we begin.

Place a small cross on the bottom of 2 salad tomatoes, drop then in boiling water for 1 minute, then in cold water, then remove the skin and chop.

Carousel of Chicken

Carousel of Chicken

My 10 yr old doesn’t like tarragon so we use freshly groud fennel instead for that similar aniseed flavour. At this stage I als0 prepare 500g chicken stock and 2kg passata which shall be added slowly.

Heat a little oil in the pan and place the carousel of chicken in the pan. Brown for a few minutes before rotating each one, you may find it helpful to begin at the 1 o’clock position and rotate methodically to ensure even cooking, (we’re only after a very slight browning at this stage).

Rotate The Chicken

Rotate The Chicken

Rotate each thigh in turn and add 2 tspns ground fennel seeds.

Add Freshly Ground Fennel

Add Freshly Ground Fennel

Rotate the chicken a second time and add the shallots then deglaze with brandy.

Add Shallots and Deglaze With Brandy

Add Shallots and Deglaze With Brandy

Add 400ml white wine, followed by 1kg passata.

Add 400ml White Wine And 500g Passata

Add 400ml White Wine And 500g Passata

After 40 minutes add the other 1kg of passata and some roughly chopped parsley. After 10 minutes add 1 tbspn gravy browning.

Add 1.5kg Passata And Flat Leaf Parsley

Add 1.5kg Passata And Flat Leaf Parsley

Stir well, get the mash on the go. Then move to the garnish.

Add 500g Chicken Stock With Gravy Browning

Add 500g Chicken Stock With Gravy Browning

Stir, stir and stir again.

Add Tomato Purée

Add Tomato Purée

Looking good. The sauce will thicken helped by the flour. If you wish you could add a stock pot or cube but taste and check the consistency before you do.

Almost Done

Almost Done

The garnish consists of the sliced mushrooms, chopped tomatoes and parsley.

Prepare The Garnish

Prepare The Garnish

Add colour via hot oil to reduce the water content of the mushrooms.

Colour To Reduce The Water

Colour To Reduce The Water

Add the tomatoes.

Add Tomatoes

Add Tomatoes

Finally add the parsley to the chicken.

Complete With Parsley, Add to The Pan

Complete With Parsley, Add to The Pan

Stir for 10 minutes then serve up in the style you wish.

Alternatively, there are several schools of thought here, you could leave this to cook for a further 2 to 3 hours, I love both versions. If you leave it for those extra couple of hours the chicken will remain completely moist but will break apart; #MrsParlez prefers the longer version.

And Serve

And Serve

Get stuck in and enjoy.

Enjoy

Enjoy

Any questions? You know where to find me.

Author: Ghyllfoot

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