Chicken in wine – quick, incredibly easy and sooooo tasty!

17 Dec

I love this dish.  You just throw everything into a shallow dish and pop it in the oven.  How easy is that!  The flavours are incredible and it went immediately into my Husband’s Top Twenty!  We had it for a quick evening meal one day and I served it to friends for a Sunday lunch after being out all morning.  Perfect!

You hear so much about illness linked to raw chicken etc.  I thought I would see what I could find out and hopefully provide some useful tips.

  • Packages of chicken should feel cold to the touch, and should be among the last items you select before checking out.
  • Packages of chicken should be wrapped in plastic bags to prevent leakage onto other items in your grocery cart.
  • Once you’re home, you should immediately place your chicken in a refrigerator that maintains a temperature of 4C or 40F or colder, and use it within 2 days. Otherwise, it should be frozen at -18C/0°F.
  • The correct way to thaw frozen poultry requires planning ahead for the time required to thaw it in the refrigerator. Whole chickens may take up to 2 days to fully thaw in this way, while boneless breasts should thaw overnight.
  • Once the product thaws, it should be kept in the refrigerator no more than a day before cooking it.
  • The only way to kill food-borne pathogens is by thoroughly cooking the food.  Always cook chicken well and never serve it ‘pink’.

Here is the recipe.  I served it with New Potatoes and asparagus.

Chicken in wine                           Serves 4 (easily halved)

  • 4 chicken breasts, boned and skinned
  • 150g bacon lardons
  • 12 shallots, peeled
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes (optional, leave out if you don’t like the heat, although it is relatively mild)
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 250 ml dry white wine
  1. Preheat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9.
  2. Arrange chicken breasts in a shallow baking dish.  Scatter with the bacon lardons, shallots, thyme, rosemary and chilli flakes.  Season and drizzle with olive oil then bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and pour wine into dish.  Return to oven and continue cooking for another 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and golden brown.

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