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Alsace Chicken


Alsace Chicken

Prep Time ~ 15 mins Cooking Time ~ 1hr 10mins
Approx Cost ~ £? Difficulty ~ Moderate
Freeze ~ No Serves ~ 4

Tips ~This dish goes well with new potatoes and steamed green vegetables.


2 tablespoon oil

8 chicken portions, such as breasts, thighs or drumsticks, skin removed if preferred

125g / 4oz smoked streaky bacon, cut into strips

12 shallots, (peeled and trimmed)

3 tarragon sprigs

1 heaped tablespoon plain flour

150ml / 5floz Alsace Riesling white wine

500ml / 17floz hot chicken stock

3 tablespoons crème fraiche


  • Heat half the oil in a large frying pan and fry the chicken, in batches, over a medium heat until golden. Set aside.
  • Put the bacon in the same pan and fry gently to release the fat.
  • Turn heat to medium, add the shallots and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until both are lightly browned.
  • Remove the leaves from the tarragon and set aside.
  • Sprinkle the flour into the pan and stir to absorb the juices. Cook for 1 minute, and then gradually add the white wine, stock, and tarragon stalks.
  • Return chicken to the pan, cover and simmer over a gentle heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken, bacon and shallots with a slotted spoon and keep warm. Discard the tarragon stalks.
  • Simmer the sauce rapidly until reduced by half. Stir in the crème fraiche and tarragon leaves. Stir well and season to taste.
  • Turn off the heat, the return the chicken, bacon and shallots to the pan and allow a few minutes to warm through and serve.