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Friday, May 27, 2011

French Chicken and Root Vegetables

Whew!! I am finally able to put up a new post. Blogger has been blocking me out for days now...I couldn't get to my own blogs or comment on my friend's blogs from my home computer. It is very frustrating. I don't know if they got it all fixed now...but I think I am still having trouble commenting on some blogs. I could do this from some other computers, so I don't know what's going on. But here I am now!

This post was long overdue and to Bo I do apologize for the delay. I was absolutely thrilled when Bo from Bo's Bowl notified my that I was the winner of a 3 1/2 qt. Le Creuset Fennel Wide Oval French Oven on his blog giveaway!!

I love it! I have always wanted one, but haven't been able to get it just yet! Did I tell you I was so happy?!!

I can't believe how lucky I have been...just look how pretty it is. I know this will get a lot of use, and look pretty doing it's job in the kitchen. Did I tell you how excited I was to win this?!!

I have used this several times already, but for the first meal I did make a French style chicken and root vegetables to break it in properly. It is so nice you can brown the meat in this pan and finish it in the oven, or as I did, finish it stove top.
I used chicken thighs and I had a couple of boneless chicken breasts so I threw them in there too.

2 tablespoons oil for browning
1 large shallot chopped
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence (I used Penzey's)
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup broth
handful of fresh shiitake mushrooms
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons white wine (optional)
3 tablespoons cream or half and half

Wash and pat dry chicken on med-high heat pan with a little oil, season chicken with salt, pepper, and herbes de Provence and brown chicken on each side. I added the thighs first because they were bone in and would cook a little longer than the boneless breasts.

Turn down to med heat and add the shallots and cook for a few minutes, squeeze the lemon juice over it then add garlic, mushrooms and broth, cover and simmer for 40 - 45 minutes until done. You could finish in the oven if you prefer. You can add the root vegetables and cook them with the chicken, but I didn't want to crowd my new pan just yet I had to get the feel for it.

Remove chicken from the pan and skim the chicken fat off. On low heat add wine
and cook until the alcohol cooks off (or skip it) add dijon and cream stirring until well blended, cook until heated through. Serve over chicken.

Yum! This was so good with the root vegetables and veggie noodles. So simple yet so good! I was going to post the veggies here too, but it has taken me forever!!! So next post you'll see how easy it is to do the veggies.

Did I tell you how much I love this Le Creuset French oven?!! Thanks Bo!


  1. The Le Creuset (and the French chicken) looks beautiful, you're so lucky :)!! I know what you mean about Blogger making problems during the last few weeks, it's quite annoying and I hope they're not going to delete all our posts one day because I'd be totally mad at them...;)!

  2. Congratulations again, Lyndz! What a lucky girl you are. Btw, you have actually won quite a number of giveaways. Didn't you? ha... Gosh, how I wish I can own one of this pot too! The meal looks perfect. :o) Hope you're having a great weekend, dear.
    Blessings, Kristy

  3. CG - I know I can't believe it. I don't even want to think about blogger loosing everything.

    Kristy - Thanks and it all started with you, before that I never won anything! This is a really nice pot! Hope you're weekend is great!

  4. Woohoo! That sure is one pretty pot. =) And a great fantastic flavorful meal!

  5. wow awesome meal and a great win so happy for you hugs

  6. Wow Wow, you are so so lucky, I wanted a Le Creuset for so long, Congrats anyway! I having the same problem from blogger, after google the solution, i change my comment setting to "pop up window" instead of "embedded below page" and now it work for me! This dish loo delicious and simple to cook, i must try one of this day.

  7. Blogger has been causing problems for quite a few people. I hope it's solved for a while now!

    The chicken dish looks delicious. YUM!

  8. Congratulations on winning that beautiful Le Creuset pot. It's only fitting that your first meal be French and what a meal you've created. Julia Child would be proud.

  9. The food looks really good Lyndsey! Congratulations on winning the French oven. It IS really pretty.

  10. Congratulations on Le Creuset Pot, great giveaway. The dish looks fantastic. Diane

  11. Congratulations, that's fantastic news! What a lovely dish to test your new casserole too :-)

  12. Congratulations on your win - I looove Le Creuset and what a fabulous recipe to break it in with. Looks delicious!

  13. Belinda - thanks!

    Rebecca - thank you!

    Sonia - Thanks, you are so funny..."congrats anyway" I do love it! I thought about changing to pop up window for comments, but it wouldn't even let me sign on.

    EG wow - I hope so too!

    Sam - thanks, so nice of you to say that, I thought it was the right meal to break it in right! :D

    Ivonne - thanks, I am so happy with it, and feel so lucky!

    Diane - thanks! I can always count on you!

    Maria - Thank you I feel so lucky to have won!

    TGG - I can't believe it I have been wanting one for so long.

  14. Congrats on your win Lyndsey! Your meal looks delicious! I'm having my weekend virtual beach parties again at Menagerie and Seaside Simplicity. Hope to see you there - and hope we can get together at the real beach this summer too :-)

  15. Lyndsey that's a great looking meal!

  16. Beautiful! Lucky you! Blogger has been weird for me too, haven't been able to leave any comments! Glad it's OK now.

  17. I love reading about cooking equipment. Unfortunately, I have arthritis pretty badly, and I can't use heavy cookware very easily. (sigh) Thanks for visiting my Itadakimasu! blog and commenting on my recent experiments in creative tofu cookery. : )

  18. So envious of your Le Creuset and what a lovely chicken dish to go with it. Blogger has not been user friendly lately and it's certainly annoying! Have a great day!

  19. Congratulations! What a beautiful pot. I've been trying to win one for years. What a great first meal to cook in it.

  20. Lucky you! The chicken dish looks terrific with spinach pasta and root veggies!

  21. Your new pot is absolutely lovely. Green is my favorite colour. You know what? I purposely buy my le crueset in granite grey because if i buy all those beautiful colours, the way that I am, I wont use them because they are too pretty.
    I have this stunning Staub pot which I find so pretty that I cant get myself to dirty it up LOL It just sits in the closet (but i am happy just knowing its there).
    Loving the chicken dish. I'm always looking for great new chicken recipes.
    *kisses* HH

  22. Ugh, blogger has been frustrating lately hasn't it? But I'm glad you're back! and with such a delicious dish!

  23. What a perfect healthy recipe; love your new Creuset; Congratulations on your win. I am saving this perfect recipe; thank you.

  24. Love this dish! I'm a huge fan of root vegetables. Plus I love your new pot. It's so beautiful :)

  25. That looks comforting and delicious! I absolutely love chicken recipes!

  26. I'm jealous. My dream is to possess such a LeCreuset French oven. Congrats.

    This meal is marvelous and looks so flavorful!



  27. Welcome back and congratulations on your stunning win. Gorgeous pot with a delish chicken dish in it!

  28. Congratulations on your winning, pot looks great!
    A very hearty meal!

  29. Blogger sure has been causing a lot of problems for all of us. Let's hope this is the end. (maybe they hired a new guy)
    What a fabulous gift...a Creuset oven. I am so jealous. And what a super recipe to make in it, Lyndsey. Very French! I love it!

  30. my hearties wishes deserve this...looks very pretty..
    recipe sounds super fab..:P

    Tasty Appetite
    Event: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

  31. wow! now that is a prize to win!! congrats! Look like you made the perfect use out of it!

  32. Congrats gal!!! thats a super win!!!
    the recipe sounds awesome..

  33. Congrats on your new prize. The chicken looks divine!

  34. Congratulations Lyndsey. You are very lucky. Yea Blogger has been giving us a lot of problem lately. I don't thinky fully fix the problems yet. I love this type of chicken stew.


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