• Braised Chicken With White Asparagus And Morel Saute With Creme Fraiche

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Braised Chicken With White Asparagus And Morel Saute With Creme Fraiche


Bon Appétit, April 2006 Suzanne Goin


Active time: 45 min Start to finish: 2 hr (not including stock)


Makes 6 servings.

6 large chicken leg-thigh pieces (about 5 1/2 pounds total)
2 tbsps finely grated lemon peel
2 tbsps fresh thyme leaves
2 tbsps chopped fresh Italian parsley plus 6 sprigs
4 tbsps (1/2 stick) butter, divided
1 tbsp extra-vir

Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Toss chicken pieces with peel, thyme, and chopped parsley in large bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
Step 2 Let chicken pieces stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; let stand 15 minutes more.
Step 3 Preheat oven to 325F. Melt 2 tablespoons butter with oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, add chicken pieces, skin side down; cook until deep brown, about 5 minutes. Turn chicken over; reduce heat to medium and cook 2 minutes. Arrange in single layer in large ovenproof pot. Pour off all but 4 tablespoons drippings from skillet. Add onion, leeks, morels, and bay leaves to skillet; sautЩ over medium heat until vegetables are golden, about 7 minutes. Add wine and Sherry; increase heat to high and boil until liquid is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add broth; bring to boil. Add 6 parsley sprigs. Pour vegetables over chicken. Cover pot with plastic wrap, then foil. Bake until chicken is very tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
Step 4 Increase oven temperature to 400F. Transfer chicken pieces to rimmed baking sheet; roast in oven until brown, about 15 minutes.
Step 5 Meanwhile, strain vegetable-broth mixture into medium saucepan. Press on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Boil liquid until reduced to 3 cups, about 15 minutes. Whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 6 Arrange chicken on large platter. Spoon reduced juices over. Arrange white asparagus, morels, and leeks over and around chicken. Top each chicken leg with dollop of crШme frache and serve.