I made this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Chicken, apples and cream à la Normande, p 218) last weekend and it was so delicious that I KNEW I had to try it out with my Petits Chefs (on the heels of their successful foray into The Smitten Kitchen).
It’s a simple dish – pan fried chicken breasts with mushrooms, apples and onions in a Calvados-cream sauce. SO easy and so tasty.
When I made it at home, I left the chicken breasts whole and – full disclosure – after I took the picture and cut into them, they were not cooked through. I should have sliced them in halves so they didn’t take so long to cook – I was aware that I didn’t want the mushrooms, apples and onions to go too mushy (and, in fact, I added some uncooked apple slices to my version of it for a little crunch. With the boys, I had them chop the chicken into strips (“Are we making chicken fingers, Mademoiselle?” LOL!) so it would be sure to be cooked.
It was a pretty easy recipe to execute at home, so I figured the boys would easily be able to do this in an hour. We also made another Dorie recipe (Go-with-everything celery root purée) which is part of the lineup later in the month to serve with the chicken.
We got straight to work…
Chopping, chopping, chopping…
The boys who chopped the celery root were seriously focussed on the celery root. The boys were fascinated with this – many of them had never seen one before and were amazed at the pristine white underneath the gnarly exterior. We were all able to identify the “celery” smell too!
And then we got cooking…
(sans cream here – we waited until the last minute to add this – and obviously sans Calvados. It definitely needed the boost from the alcohol, in my opinion but I know the boys enjoyed it anyway!)
I served ours with the celery root purée as well – a perfect match and the best way to soak up the fabulous juices from the sauce.
I LOVED this dish and will definitely be making it again – so fast to make using ingredients I often have on hand. A wonderfully warming dish on a chilly winter night.
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