Friday, January 13, 2012

FFWD M. Jacques' Armagnac Chicken

M. Jacques Armagnac Chicken
This week's French Friday recipe is for M. Jacques' Armagnac Chicken. Since I was not going out to buy a thirty dollar bottle of Armagnac for a chicken dish...I used cognac. My husband and I are the only people eating this dish, and we are not connoisseurs of alcoholic beverages. I'm sure neither of us could tell the difference.
Last week, I spoke about my passion for the hunt of odd or old cook and bakeware. For the second week in a row, I get to put one of my finds to use. This time it's an old enameled cast iron pot with a lid. It was made by Dru in Holland. To the best of my knowledge, this beautiful enameled cookware comes in blue, yellow and light green. They have a lovely tulip design on them. I collect the yellow, and am lucky enough to have found several pieces in very good condition. They were made in the 30's, 40's and 50's. I read, by the time the 70's rolled around they were not being manufactured anymore. I can't find an official site for Dru, and would love to know more about the history of this company. If anyone who reads this has any info on them, I would love to hear from you.

Another of my finds being put to good use
So let's get back to the Armagnac Chicken. It was a quick, easy dish. I threw it together in about 15 minutes. The trick with this dish is to have all the ingredients prepared and ready to use. A "mise en place" (a french term) which means everything in place before you start. This helps so that you are not interrupted by stopping to find or chop things. Once you start the oil heating, you want to add everything in order as quickly as possible with out stopping. You then add the chicken to the pot along with the cognac and place in the oven. One hour later dinner is done, and what a very good dinner it was! The herbs and cognac added such wonderful flavor! The fragrant aroma permeated my kitchen and we couldn't wait to dig into this delicious dish!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan's cookbook "Around My French Table". It can also be found in this NYTimes article here. If you'd like to see what other Doristas are doing...you can check it out  here.


All the veggies and herbs ready to use
Ready for the oven
Fresh out of the oven....Yum!

23 comments:

  1. So browned and beautiful!!! Perfectly done, Kathy! Have a fabulous weekend, my friend~

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  2. What a gorgeous pot! I found the official website (http://www.drugasar.com/about-us) but it appears that they no longer produce pots & pans, but focus now on fireplaces. Too bad.

    We loved this chicken recipe too, so simple and delicious.

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  3. Your chicken is lovely, but I am really in love with that casserole. It's gorgeous.

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  4. I'm so jealous that you had fingerlings! I had to settle for Yukons. And, I like your inclusion of blue potatoes. Great dish and post!

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  5. I've done this (with cognac) and it's a beauty as evidenced here. It is what these casseroles were made for. Happy weekend!

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  6. I LOVE your enameled dish and I am not familiar with these and look at enamelware at antique stores. It is such a pretty color and your chicken browned perfectly in it!

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  7. I love your casserole too, yellow with tulips, be still my heart!!!!
    Last night I was drooling over your biscotti and this morning it's perfectly cooked chicken, as my kids used to say to me, you're a good cooker;-)

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  8. Such fun to see your pot and hear about it's history and your love of collecting them...that tulip is adorable on that pot. Such fun to visit over here always...and that chicken is making my mouth water! Very nice.

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  9. Bless your heart for being thrifty, Kathy! Good for you to substitute cognace...which is excellent, instead of the fancy "schmancy" armagnac!
    Your chicken is incredible, and the baking dish is just perfect and stylish for this type of baking!
    I'm soooo craving for this, with the roasted vegetables...just my kind of dish, and it's perfect for WW!
    Love all the spectacular photos, as well. Have wonderful weekend, my friend:DDD

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  10. The roasted chicken looks so delicious! Love your casserole, very different.

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  11. What a beautiful Dutch oven! I like pretty cookware. Your chicken turned out well.

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  12. What a lovely dish. It is a perfect winter meal and I'd love to have been at your table. The Dutch oven is a real find. I'm sure you will get good use from it. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  13. We loved this, too! How I wish we could go antiquing together! You have such great taste & always find something useful. Have a great weekend!

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  14. I love your pot even more than I love this meal...what a great find. And beautiful photos. Your lovely pot did a great job on this chicken. Your color is much better than most I've seen...looks so appetizing. Your meal looks perfect, can't imagine it could be better even if Dorie made it.

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  15. Beautiful dish! I really envy you you're collection of old cookware. You're inspiring me to get out and hunt! We loved this chicken too. Hope you have a great weekend Kathy.

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  16. Kathy,
    Your dish looks so delicious...it's making me hungry! I love your new pot...I did not know anything about Dru, but i am going to the Long Beach Flea market in the morning and I will have my eye out for it.
    xo
    annie

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  17. Another super find in the dish department, Kathy! And it's such a lovely color. Sorry, I am not familiar with Dru, but I'd sure love to go bargain hunting with you!
    The chicken dish looks fabulous, all cozy in it's own juices and little pot!

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  18. I love your story about the cookware. My husband and I are going to Holland in the Spring, and now I know what kinds of things to look out for.

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  19. Your cast iron cookware is divine, Kathy! You must be having so much fun bringing out all these little treasures. Can't wait to see what's coming up next.

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  20. this is what I call a perfect meal! Love the beautiful dish
    Mary x

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  21. Your chicken meal looks wonderful! I might have to try this too!! Love your beautiful dish!

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  22. I wish I had more room to collect cookware - I could have closets full! This chicken dish sounds like another chicken in the pot recipes in Dorie's cookbook that I made a little while ago. Love her recipes and the perfume as you open the lid is incredible!

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  23. Your chicken looks so good it makes me want to make this dish all over again! Lucky you finding and getting to use that gorgeous pot - and it even browned your chicken!

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