Chicken, stock, wine, onions, garlic, mushrooms, cream, butter, lemon, and capers…
what could be better!!!
2 CUPS CHICKEN STOCK
1 SMALL ONION – chopped
2-3 GARLIC CLOVES – chopped finely
1 CUP WHITE WINE – your favorite
½ CUP MUSHROOMS – sliced
PINCH OF DRIED ROSEMARY – to taste
PINCH OF DRIED SAGE – to taste
1 CUP HEAVY CREAM
2-3 TBS BUTTER – unsalted
1 TB CAPERS – rinsed, drained
2 TBS OLIVE OIL
SALT – to taste
½ CUP CORNSTARCH – or as needed
4 CHICKEN THIGHS
PINCH OF NUTMEG
FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPER – to taste
In a saucepan heat a little oil and add the onion and garlic. cook just until the onion softens being careful to not burn the garlic. Slowly add the chicken stock, bring to a boil and let cook at a low boil until the liquid reduces by about half. Pour in the white wine, return to a boil and reduce a little more. Stir in mushrooms, rosemary, and sage and simmer just until the mushrooms have become tender. Stir in the cream, nutmeg, butter, lemon juice and capers. Reduce heat and let the sauce simmer until it thickens. This all should take about 45 – 50 minutes. Test for seasonings and adjust.
Sprinkle thighs (you can use skinless boneless, if you prefer or skin-on, bone-in as my family prefers) with a little salt, freshly ground black pepper and garlic powder.
Place the cornstarch into a shallow dish and roll the chicken thighs in it making sure all the sides are well covered and totally coated. Gently shake off excess.
Have oil heating in an oven-proof skillet on medium heat. When hot, fry the thighs until they develop a golden crust, turning a few times to brown all over. When they are a golden brown, slowly pour the sauce over all and bake in the oven until the chicken has cooked all the way through and the sauce is bubbly. A thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken thigh should read 165º.
NOTE: You can serve this with rice, mashed potatoes or spaetzle for a complete meal and maybe a green vegetable like broccoli or broccoli rabe to round the meal off. And as I always say, choose a white wine that you will enjoy drinking while you cook. It makes cooking more enjoyable!