Friday, January 13, 2012

French Fridays with Dorie - m. jacques' armagnac chicken

This week's Dorie recipe is a total winner!  We had this for our Sunday dinner with the whole crew, so I had to cook two chickens.  Let's just say, I should have cooked three!  Everyone loved the flavor of the chicken and the vegetables (personally, I think the onions and carrots for absolutely amazing!)  I didn't get any great pictures as I was rushing a bit to get dinner on the table.  The chickens took a little longer since I put two in my giant le creuset pot.  Oh well, they were so worth the wait.  I used brandy instead of Armagnac as I am on a food budget and trying to use things I already have instead of buying new single use ingredients.  Tasted amazing...don't think it made too much of a difference.  I also served stuffing from Thanksgiving (we had so much left, I froze a bunch...oh my gosh...it was so much better than on Thanksgiving...our new secret is going to be to make it a month ahead of time & freeze it.)  I also made my wonderful no-knead bread.  Every one's happy when I put a loaf of this fabulous bread on the table.  All in all, it was a really terrific dinner.

Wondering if everyone else in FFWD loved this as much as we did?  Check out their posts here.


13 comments:

Dessert By Candy said...

Two chicken in the same pot! I cant' begin to imagine the size of your Le Creuset! I can barely fit one into my 5 1/2qt! So glad it was a hit at your house.

adoptsomom said...

We loved this dish, and I am surprised by those who didn't. Good call on making an extra chicken; I wanted more left overs!

Christy said...

Adored this! Great idea to do two chickens at once. I think this is my new go to menu instead of delivery because it was so easy!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

I liked this well enough - it just wasn't crispy and brown enough for me :(

Nana said...

Everything looks wonderful. I like the thought of the
leftover stuffing, good idea. Tricia and I had different
takes on this one, but Hubby was happy, so that is good.

Adriana said...

What a great meal! Your family must have been so happy. I love your idea of freezing the stuffing - less hassle on Thanksgiving day! I wonder what else could that work for.

dulceshome.com said...

I htink you can never go wrong with making an extra chicken!! And what's more satisfying for a family dinner?

Your chicken looks and sounds great. I'm loving the no-knead breads too - a perfect pairing!

tricia s. said...

I am revisiting that I was in a grouchy mood over spending $13 on a small chicken, rushing, and disappointed when I didn't see "crispy" skin :) Even Hubby reminded me the next day that the chicken was very moist. I think I will revisit this with 2 next time, and get them from Costco :) And great job on freezing the stuffing...which I had thought of that !!!

Marie said...

What a treat to have extra stuffing a month or two after Thanksgiving!

lola said...

You must have a giant and heavy pot! I can barely lift mine:) We loved this too and stuffing would be an excellent addition. I'm also on a food budget and went with brandy. One of these days I'd like to try it with Armagnac though.

Betsy said...

I loved this chicken dish too. I never thought of freezing stuffing, but it sounds like a great tip. Have a great week.

Cher said...

I have a 9.5 qt oval dutch oven that fits 2 chickies perfectly. I love it for things like that. (But its sooooo heavy)
Wow! Leftover stuffing and bread. Yum. Glad this was a hit for you.

Kathy said...

We really love the flavor of this dish! So glad it was a hit for you.