Friday, December 14, 2012

FFWD ~ Chicken, Apples, and Cream à la Normande

Chicken, Apples and Cream à la Normande
I’ve been on a roll with French Fridays lately! I enjoyed all of our dishes; even the ones I wasn’t quite sure about. I loved the Cauliflower soup, the Beef Daube was incredible, everyone enjoyed the Herbed Olives I put on the Thanksgiving table, and oh those Goat Cheese Mini Puffs…awesome! That being said, the Chicken, Apples, and Cream à la Normande left a lot to be desired in our home.  I followed this recipe as written, and thought “this should really be good".  Chicken, being the main ingredient, seemed like a winner. It’s a favorite in our house! Brown it in a mixture of olive oil and butter…done!  Add a chopped apple, a chopped onion and sliced mushrooms…done!  Add the chicken broth…done! Cook for about 10 minutes and then add Calvados…I used brandy.  Boil until it’s almost evaporated then add the heavy cream...cook until reduced by half.  Serve!  I served mine with mini roasted potatoes and a salad.
While this dish was cooking it smelled great and it looked even better. I was really looking forward to sitting down and eating my dinner.  However, this dish just didn’t do it for us!! It had an odd flavor! The combination of apples, onions, and Brandy sounded good but,  just didn’t work.  Hey, you win some and you lose some. This recipe was a disappointment in our house!  Happy Friday everyone!!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans book “Around My French Table”. To see what other Dorista’s have done with their Chicken, Apples and Cream à la Normande, check it out here.  

Browning the chicken
Apples, onions and mushrooms added to the pot
Cream added and reducing
Just couldn’t wait to dig in….looks great but…just didn’t do it!


30 comments:

  1. Sorry it wasn't a winner!!! But, I have to say it sure does look good, love the mushrooms on top of the chicken;-) Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you love the next assignment!

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  2. Oh...I'm so sorry. Your work is so beautiful...the food, the photos...
    Such a let down! We enjoyed this dish, but I admit, not every recipe is a winner. Merry Christmas!

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  3. I liked the combination of flavors but I thought it needed an extra something. Too bad it was not good for you, it does look nice! Have a great weekend kathy!

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  4. Huh, that's so interesting that it looked great and smelled great but the taste wasn't there. I'm sorry to hear that; it was a winner in our house! Well, at least you were optimistic about it! Hope the next recipe fares better for you!

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  5. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this because it does look good! I'm still MIA.

    I took my cat in to have his leg amputated this morning and have been so distracted over him. I hope that when he's feeling better, I'll be feeling better and be able to get back on track with FFWD and blogging!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. Aw, sorry this wasn't a hit, but it looks delicious!

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  7. It's snowing on your page! How cool, Kathy! I still have to make this one. I'll know now to tweak the seasonings.

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  8. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it. Nope, I didn't make it yet... and oddly, its one of those that I really can't tell you if I'd like it or not. Usually I will always know but this one? Really can't say. It does look good Kathy and I'm glad you stepped up for it!

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  9. Well your meal looks delicious, but hey, you can't love them all. I'm sometimes very surprised by which ones I love and which ones fall flat. Better luck next week.

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  10. Maybe it was the type of brandy. ..my Apple Jack tasted horrible but was fine in the dish. You never know how alcohol is going to change when cooked.

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    1. Diane, I really think that was the problem…I may have to give this one another shot…everyone seems to have enjoyed it!

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  11. It sure looks good, so I'm sorry to hear it doesn't taste as good as it looks. Bummer. The good thing about our venture is that next week is something new! Have a great week!

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  12. It looks so good, Kathy! I am sorry that the taste wasn't there for you. I am behind on some of my posts, but I did make the beef daube and also enjoyed that one. Have a great weekend!

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  13. So sorry you didn't like this! I thought the onion called for was quite a lot so I used a couple of shallots instead. Also, I used a cast-iron skillet and got a nice hot sear on the chicken, then finished them off in the oven while I made the sauce.

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  14. It looks beautiful. I ended up adding some ground herbs and some garlic and I think that added a lot of flavour.

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  15. What a gorgeous chicken dish with so many elements:)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. Beautifully plated, Kathy! I thought it needed a little oomph...maybe some garlic and herbs?

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  17. Awww - sorry this wasn't a hit for you :-(
    On the other hand, those little roasted potatoes look like they paid their price of amission :-) YUM!

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  18. I have to go back and check with my taste buds, Kathy. I enjoyed this dish (had made it before). I did go easy on the booze (but I don't think that made a difference in you liking or not liking this dish) and doubled down on the apples and mushrooms which saved me from experiencing too much onion flavor. I had very little sauce. Your plate does look gorgeous. Hmmmm. On the other hand, like life, you shrug your shoulders, throw away the lemon and be glad for the whole pitcher of lemonade. The past two months FFWD has been all about lemonade.

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  19. It does look good, and I was expecting you to say that it was one of your favorites. Sorry you didn't like it.

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  20. Your dish looks gorgeous though Kathy! I haven't made it yet! I posted the herbed olives today but I will make soon! Happy Holidays!!

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  21. Those creamy mushrooms are supremely mouthwatering, Kathy. What a complete, balanced meal to warm you up in the wintry cold. Brava!

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  22. I love the sound of it also. I haven't made it yet because I don't often cook with brandy - but really - those mushrooms.... mmmm... wonder if Calvados would do the trick?

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  23. Really? You didn't enjoy it? It looks pretty awesome. Love your plating.

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  24. Kathy, despite the fact that you thought that this Norman chicken was lacking a bit in flavor, your chicken looks fabulous and delicious! I love the presentation with the small potatoes and the colorful salad!
    Have a wonderful week!

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  25. Kathy, if it helps you, I did not like this at all. It looked great and the aroma was wonderful but it just didn't do it for us.

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  26. I guess it looks better than it tasted. At least it was edible--I've had some failures we've needed to toss :(

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  27. As ever, you have made this dish look so pretty!

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  28. Bummer that you didn't care for this one - your pictures and plating are beautiful though!

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