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Chicken with muscat and thyme

A reasonably priced muscat is fine for this, so there is no need to use anything special. We often add a few muscat grapes to this in the autumn, at the end of cooking.

Serves 3
olive oil 3 tbsp
a large chicken, jointed into 8
carrots 200g
a medium onion
celery 2 sticks
garlic 3 cloves
sweet Muscat wine 500ml
thyme sprigs 6
orange 1 small

Warm the olive oil in a large, wide pan over a moderate heat, then brown the chicken pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper, in the oil. Remove and set aside as soon as the chicken is evenly coloured.

Scrub the carrots and dice them finely. Peel the onion, finely chop and add to the carrots, then finely chop the celery. Peel and finely chop the garlic then add all the vegetables, together with the thyme and three strips of orange zest removed from the fruit with a vegetable peeler, to the empty chicken pan, adding a little more oil if necessary.

Cook the vegetables for about 10 minutes over a moderate heat, stirring from time to time, till the carrots and celery are almost tender but still retain a little crispness.

Return the chicken pieces to the pan and tuck in among the vegetables.

Pour the muscat into the pan, bring it to the boil and scrape at any residue in the base of the pan, dissolving it into the wine as you stir. Then leave the chicken, vegetables, aromatics and wine to simmer for about 45 minutes.

Serve when the chicken and vegetables are tender.


By: A. Carter
On: 11/13/2014 07:06:30
I'm a sucker for anything with thyme! I'll give this a try and report back!
By: Marcus
On: 11/13/2014 13:44:06
I love recipes like this! The muscat and orange will give it a fullness and just a touch of tart and sweet to go with the savory. Should be beautiful. Also it's quite a simple recipe with an easy prep. Good choice.
By: Sue B
On: 11/20/2014 08:28:01
Lovely recipe. Thank you.
By: Clark K.
On: 11/20/2014 18:43:11
I had to look up what muscat was. I think I have had it actually. It's that kind of sweet wine. Don't like it to drink but bet it makes this dish delicious, and good for cooking.
By: Sam S.
On: 11/20/2014 19:45:10
oh man that looks tasty. I have chicken a lot and it can get super boring. I have to eat chicken since I work out a lot, and need lean protein. I try to avoid red meat - too much fat. This isn't boring. I mean chicken is chicken, and sometimes I feel like if I have one more grilled chicken breast or chicken salad I am going to start clucking. This looks like it's actually different though- has some new flavor to it. Will work well in my fitness regimen.
By: Adam
On: 11/20/2014 23:59:46
I agree with the other comment here. Muscat wine is always amazing when used in a recipe, and with chicken recipes I have never seen one that wasn't great with muscat. I can't drink it though. I wonder who does. To me it is a cooking ingredient. Anyway, this looks like a really nice meal. Thanks for sharing it with us.
By: Greetings from my planet
On: 01/20/2015 20:28:01
Lookin mighty tasty my friends... mighty tasty indeed. I get sick of the old bird sometimes because well, it always just tastes like chicken. This looks better though. Maybe I will stop being lazy and try it. I have spoken. MTFBWY and LLAP

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