Champagne-Browned Butter Chicken

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

Ingredients:

  • slices center-cut bacon 
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 
  • bone-in chicken thighs, skinned (about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • bone-in chicken drumsticks, skinned (about 1 1/2 pounds) 
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided 
  • 1 pound red-skinned potatoes, quartered 
  • 1 pound button mushrooms, halved 
  • 1/4 cup brandy 
  • shallots, halved
  • 3/4 cup no-salt-added chicken stock (such as Swanson) 
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • thyme sprigs
  • bay leaf
  • 1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 12 baby carrots with tops 
  • 1 cup Champagne
  • 3 tablespoons butter 
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 300°.
  2. 2. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp; remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan. Reserve bacon for another use. Place 2/3 cup flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dredge chicken lightly in flour; shake off excess flour. Increase heat to medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon oil to drippings in pan; swirl to coat. Add half of chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over; cook 2 minutes. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and chicken.
  3. 3. Add potatoes to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in brandy. Cook until liquid almost evaporates (about 30 seconds), stirring occasionally. Return chicken to pan. Add shallots and stock; bring to a boil. Place peppercorns and next 3 ingredients (through parsley) on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges; tie with butcher's twine. Add bundle to pan. Bake, uncovered, at 300° for 15 minutes.
  4. 4. Trim carrot tops to 1-inch; scrub carrots. Add the carrots to pan. Bake an additional 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken is done. Remove chicken and vegetables from pan; keep warm. Discard herb bundle. Place pan over medium-high heat. Add wine to pan; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook until mixture reduces to 2/3 cup (about 11 minutes).
  5. 5. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook butter 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan occasionally. Stir in 1 teaspoon flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Gradually add butter mixture to reduced wine mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thick. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve with chicken and vegetables. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and thyme.