Chicken In Wine

These days I get a lot of my cooking inspiration from the blogs.  I have a ridiculous number of subscriptions in my Google Reader.  I’d like to say that I attentively read each and every word posted on those blogs.  The truth is that as the number of blogs I subscribe to grows, my attention span diminishes.  A recipe needs to really grab my interest to make me click through and print out a recipe.  One such recipe that jumped off the screen and came home with me is Chicken in Wine.

I’d like to say that I wrote down the site that I got this from.  I’d like to, but I can’t.  That’s one big problem I have with my fellow food bloggers.  When you post a recipe, is it too much to ask that you provide a printable format that will include your site’s name so I can properly attribute where the recipe came from?  It’s really not that hard.  If my technologically challenged self can upload a printable recipe pdf, why the heck can’t you?

Attribution whining aside, I wish I had recorded where I got this recipe so that I could go back and comment on how much I enjoyed it.  And that’s another thing blogosphere…if you took the time to make a recipe that you saw online, could you possibly spare a few moments to return to the site and let the blogger know?  It keeps us from wondering whether this thing is on and anyone’s listening.

I know, so much whining today.  Enough of that.  You didn’t come here today for the whine…you came for the chicken in wine.  And I am happy to oblige.

Chicken In Wine

BAH Note:  Use whatever white wine you like best.  The recipe I worked from called for Riesling.  I used a Vino Verde and was thrilled with the results.  The original recipe also called for an entire bottle of wine but I decided that I’d rather enjoy a glass or two with dinner.  A half a bottle worked just fine.  But if you feel like you want more liquid, add a bit of chicken broth to the pot.

  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into lardons
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 leeks, cleaned, light green and white parts only chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 5 to 6 bone in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • fresh thyme
  • 1/2 bottle white wine
  • 10 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the bacon in a dutch oven over medium high heat until the fat renders and the lardons start to crisp.  Add the onion, leeks, and salt and cook for 5 to 10 minutes until the vegetables soften.  Transfer the vegetables to a medium bowl.

While the vegetables cook, pat the chicken thighs dry.  After the vegetables have been transferred from the dutch oven, cook the chicken in the dutch oven until it is well browned.  Transfer the chicken to the bowl with the vegetables.

Add the wine to the pot and scrape up any bits on the bottom.  Return the chicken and vegetables to the pot, add the garlic, bay leaves, mushrooms, and few sprigs of fresh thyme.

Bring to a boil, cover, and transfer to the oven.  Cook for 30 – 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve over noodles, rice, or couscous.

{printable recipe}

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20 Responses to Chicken In Wine

  1. Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) says:

    Ummmm…. I truly have no idea how to put a printable recipe in my blog post but if you tell me how I swear I’ll start doing it.

    This sounds lovely – kind of reminiscent of Coq Au Vin Blanc, which is a favorite in my house. If I try it, I promise to come back & let you know. 🙂 🙂

    • Wendi says:

      Jennifer, it’s pretty easy with WordPress. All I do is pdf a Word document (using a free pdf generator that I downloaded…Bullzip if you’re interested) that has the recipe and my site info and then I import it into my post through the “Add Media” button. After I import it, I change the name to {printable recipe} so that’s what you see as a link at the bottom of my post.

      Can you tell I was kind of cranky when I wrote this particular entry?

      • Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) says:

        I liked your whines though. They were totally constructive. I have some food blogging whines that I can never post on my blog because they aren’t constructive in any way – just whiny. 🙂

        I will give this a try with my next post. Either cheesecake or salmon chowder will be the guinea pig. Thanks for the tutorial!

        • Wendi says:

          Jennifer, I can also provide phone support if you need help.

          Perhaps we should start a food blogger support group so that we can vent our frustrations in a safe, caring, environment.

  2. Whine/vent away, Wendi. I woke up on the cranky side of the bed myself.

    I need to figure out how to do the whole printable recipe thing in Blogger, too. Or maybe just make the switch to the WordPress family altogether.

    • Wendi says:

      Ali, I think I spend too much time getting up on the cranky side. I try to keep it out of the blog but sometimes it just creeps in.

      I’d think there has to be a way to make a printable recipe work on Blogger. And if not, I can give WordPress.com a 97% positive review.

  3. Fellow whiners unite!!!!

    That chicken sounds perfect for a weekend dinner.

  4. Brooke says:

    Wine and bacon? I’m in.

  5. Jen W. says:

    Your site is the first I’ve seen that has a printable recipe. I like the idea, but funny thing is I didn’t start doing it because I didn’t want to steal your idea! If I get back to posting recipes though, I will consider adding a printable version.

    So this was a productive vent. It looks like you’ve got people thinking about the printable recipe now.

    • Wendi says:

      Jen, I think having some sort of printable recipe, whether as a clickable file or one of those funky plugins in a best practice for bloggers…especially when the actual website isn’t optimized for printing.

  6. Jenna says:

    Hello my dear! This looks like my Coq au Vin recipe, though I think I used a whole bottle of wine, so maybe it’s from elsewhere. Regardless, I am definitely guilty of not providing my website on my printable recipes. =) I’ll have to start adding my blog address at the top of the Word doc’s.
    Correct me if I’m wrong–I think this is the original:
    http://jennaseverythingblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/coq-au-riesling/
    I’m glad you liked it, whether it came from my blog or not! =)

    • Wendi says:

      Holy cow, Jenna I think you are the guilty party ; ) I did cut down the amount of wine I used so I could enjoy a glass (or two) and also had mine finish in the oven instead of on the stove. But yes, I think I did work from your post. Mystery solved.

  7. Lan says:

    girrrrrrrrrrl. i am GUILTY of not having a printable link thinger. i tried to add an IntenseDebate comment box on blogger & ended up messing so much with the HTML that i almost ix-nayed the entire blog. (HELLFIRE & DAMNATION!) now, i’m having a professional merge my blogger abode to wordpress. we’ll see how this goes!

    i am NOT guilty of not returning to a blogger & letting them know how my versions of their recipes goes. i think it’s proper etiquette and playing NICE to give them a heads up.

    the last time i made chicken in wine, it was so ugly. i like my chicken. i like my wine. not so much together tho.

    • Wendi says:

      I know other bloggy folks have a link to an outside app that opens to give people the option to delete photos (if they want) and print the post. That could be an option.

      Wait, you’re migrating to WP? Are you going WP.com or .org?

      Bless your returning to leave a followup comment heart. If only there were a section of Emily Post that dealt with blogging etiquette. But you no likely the chicken in the wine? Imma sad face for ‘ya. The ugly food tastes good too.

      • Lan says:

        uhhhh. there’s a .com and a .org? sigh. the decisions!!!!!

        i will leave it to my designer to make the argument for one or the other…

        • Wendi says:

          Lan:

          .com is FREE but has LIMITATIONS because it is hosted on WP

          .org is SELF HOSTED which means you have to pay $$$ but you have FULL CONTROL. You also have FULL RESPONSIBILITY for doing maintenance, back ups, etc.

  8. Oh, love this one! Definitely bookmarking it for later 🙂

    • Wendi says:

      Jen, there is something magical about recipes that rely on few ingredients and simplicity. It’s quite minimalist but it works for me….hmmm, perhaps it could end up as one of your WWFM entries???

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