Chicken casserole cooked in riesling

Chicken casserole cooked in riesling

Poulet au riesling

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From the Alsace region

The white wines of Alsace made with riesling grapes are outstanding and in true French tradition, a region with great wine also offers wonderful gastronomy. This dish is a fine example of a festive Alsatian dish.


Quantity Ingredient
12 parsley stalks
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs thyme
4 chicken drumsticks
4 chicken thighs
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon oil
20g butter
2 shallots, chopped
30ml cognac
200ml alsace riesling
a little grated nutmeg, (optional)
300g baby mushrooms
1/2 lemon, juiced
100ml cream
2 egg yolks
3 tablespoons chopped parsley


  1. Use kitchen string to tie the thyme, parsley and bay leaf together to make a bouquet garni. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Heat the oil and half the butter in a large heavy-based saucepan. Brown the chicken pieces over a high heat for 2–3 minutes. Add the shallots, shake the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the Cognac to the pan, stir well, then carefully flame the chicken pieces. (It is safest to do this away from the stove). When the flame dies down, pour in the wine and add the nutmeg and bouquet garni. Bring to a slow simmer, cover with a lid and cook for about 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter in a frying pan. Sauté the mushrooms until just tender. Add them to the chicken and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream and egg yolks. Pour in 1 cup of the hot cooking liquid from the chicken, whisking continuously. Pour the mixture back into the pan and stir gently over a low heat for a few minutes (it must not boil). Remove the bouquet garni, add the chopped parsley, and serve.
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