French Fridays with Dorie: Chicken breasts diable

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This week’s French Fridays with Dorie dish is set to become a firm favourite in this house. Indeed, chicken breasts diable (p 217) was not only easy but ridiculously tasty – one of those dishes that tastes like you’ve been in the kitchen way longer than you actually have! The use of the word diable (devil) in a French dish usually refers to one which contains mustard – generally moutarde forte de Dijon (strong Dijon mustard).

Dorie Greenspan chicken breasts diable Around my French Table French Fridays with Dorie

This dish is Dorie’s take on the traditional poulet à la diable – on-the-bone chicken pieces coated with Dijon mustard and breadcrumbs, drizzled with melted butter and roasted. This version is much quicker and less fussy than that though – I whipped it up in about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Around my French Table Dorie Greenspan chicken breasts diable French fridays with Dorie

I actually made this three times in 2 days – it’s that good!  A little shallot and garlic sautéed then mixed with some dry white wine, heavy cream, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce – et voilà! A fancy sauce that takes literally 10 minutes to pull together!

French Fridays with Dorie chicken breasts diable Around my French table Dorie Greenspan

I served it with some lemon-sautéed spinach (another FFWD recipe for March because, you know, it’s good to make 4 of the 5 Dorie recipes in the space of 2 days!) which was actually pretty perfect. You can bet I’ll be making this again. On a weeknight and for a special occasion.


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37 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Chicken breasts diable

  1. Liz March 1, 2013 at 06:20 #

    Wow, perfectly styled, Mardi…your chicken looks amazing! And thanks for the spinach preview, too…can’t wait for that one 🙂

  2. Cher March 1, 2013 at 08:10 #

    Beautiful chicken color – the spinach added the touch of color this dish was so desperately needing.

    (P.S. My rose syrup & extract both came in…That cake will soon be mine!)

  3. Colette @ JFF! March 1, 2013 at 09:58 #

    Look @ that sauce…….

  4. Anne Marie March 1, 2013 at 11:15 #

    Beautiful pictures. I am drooling all over again.

  5. pamkaren March 1, 2013 at 12:46 #

    Beautiful photos! Great recipe, looks prettier plated your way!

  6. yummychunklet March 1, 2013 at 17:26 #

    I love that you plated your dish with the sauce underneath! So pretty!

  7. Betsy March 1, 2013 at 18:22 #

    Looks great, Mardi! I like how you put the chicken on top of the sauce instead of covering it up. That way you can see the lovely browning. I also ate this 3 times in 3 days, but I only made it once and enjoyed the leftovers. I can’t wait to make it again.

    • Mardi Michels March 23, 2013 at 17:12 #

      I don’t like sauce all over my chicken – this was a better way to eat it for me!

  8. Geraldine Saucier March 1, 2013 at 22:55 #

    Beautiful presentation. This was a delicious dish.

  9. Teresa March 1, 2013 at 23:59 #

    We served ours with the lemon spinach (and celery root puree). Yours looks perfectly seared and your sauce looks fantastic.

  10. Alicia March 2, 2013 at 04:01 #

    I can’t stop thinking about this dish – it was so so delicious! And the lemon steamed spinach was a perfect compliment. Chez Cleo (aka Mardi and Neil’s place) for the best chicken dishes ever.

  11. Ann Mah March 2, 2013 at 09:24 #

    I love à la diable and your version looks delicious. What a gorgeous golden crust on those chicken breasts, Mardi!

    • Mardi Michels March 23, 2013 at 17:10 #

      Thanks – I was pretty pleased how this came out!

  12. Tricia S. March 2, 2013 at 09:30 #

    I am with everyone else about the color you got on that chicken- I loved the recipe but since I rarely pound cutlets unless I am breading them (silly, I know) this was a nice reminder of how fabulous the breasts turn out as such. I can definitely understand why you have already enjoyed them so many times. I just need to tone down my mustard choice next time…..

  13. Trevor Sis. Boom. March 2, 2013 at 10:50 #

    Beautiful! The sound you hear next is me running off to buy a photo-worthy small skillet like that. Stay tuned!

  14. Kendra March 2, 2013 at 13:26 #

    I loved this dish too…easy and very gourmet tasting! You did a great job searing that chicken!

    • Mardi Michels March 23, 2013 at 17:10 #

      Easy and gourmet tasting is always a winner in my book!

  15. Sara March 2, 2013 at 14:28 #

    I imagined the spinach would be pretty good with this, but the husband said he preferred to have asparagus. 😉 This was such a great dish – especially for being so simple and low-key! Reading the recipe, I would never have imagined I’d like it so much. Yours looks great with the spinach!

  16. kathleen March 2, 2013 at 20:07 #

    Three times in 2 days? It’s understandable, and totally doable. The spinach and chicken look happy together.

  17. Geoff March 2, 2013 at 21:54 #

    But was it a tricky wine selection for Mr Neil?

  18. Marina@Picnic at Marina March 3, 2013 at 16:37 #

    Just amazing! Your recipes and photos do make me want to join the club! 🙂

  19. Renee March 5, 2013 at 22:03 #

    Gorgeous photos! Such a great sear on the chicken! Good idea to make most of the dishes within a span of two days. I should do that!

    • Mardi Michels March 23, 2013 at 17:08 #

      It definitely helps with my blog AND meal planning!

  20. Margaret March 8, 2013 at 20:23 #

    Oh, yeah, this WAS that good. The sauce especially – can I make it with out the chicken?

  21. Brooke September 4, 2013 at 02:12 #

    Hi! Just checking in to make sure it’s okay to link to you from Disney’s Babble.com. Would love to send some readers your way!! Your recipes are GORGEOUS!

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