Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Chicken Breasts Diable ~ FFWD ~ Better Late Than Never

Chicken Breasts Diable…ready for the table
After a month in Florida, we headed to Atlanta to spend the weekend with my grandsons, and of course their parents.  It's the beginning of baseball season in the south, and we wanted to watch the boys opening day games.  The weather did not cooperate, and the games were called.  It rained, it snowed, and it was just freaken cold!

My son, who is a wonderful cook, suggested we make dinner together.  He picked a recipe from "Around My French Table" (a birthday gift to him last year) for Seafood Pot-au-Feu.  He used shrimp, salmon and scallops (which were outrageously expensive).  To be honest, all I contributed to this dish was peeling the shrimp. This one belonged to my son, and it was fabulous!  Seafood Pot-au-Feu is what the French call Seafood Stew!  It was a wonderful dinner that everyone enjoyed, including my grandsons!  
My sons Seafood Pot-au-Feu.
Absolutely amazing!
The next night it was my turn to make dinner.  Since we were on the road for my French Friday post, I decided to make the Chicken Breasts Diable.  I was in the middle of a crazy game of monopoly, and had to bow out to start dinner.  Watching my grandsons play Monopoly brings back memories of my two sons playing, when they were young.  There’s a lot of bartering, a little cheating and lots of laughter! I’m always waiting for that shoe to drop, which will send one or both of them off angry!

Diable is the French word for devil. Which to me, translates to hot and spicy, as in  Fra Diavolo.  This Diable gets a mild spicy taste from the Dijon, and is not overly spicy. This dish was easy!  I bought skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut them in half horizontally, and pounded them.  Then browned them in a mixture of butter and oil on both sides.  Removed the chicken from the pan, covered it loosely with foil, and kept it warm in the oven.  Now it’s time to make the delicious sauce.  To your pan add the chopped shallots, garlic, white wine, heavy cream, and the mustard. This sauce was luscious and creamy, with a nice tang from the mustard and wine.

It was a hit!  Delicious, creamy sauce with tender chicken that was cooked to perfection! This one is a keeper! It also has the stamp of approval from my grandsons! 

The recipe for both of these wonderful dishes can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table” or,  you could find the Chicken Breasts Diable here and the Seafood Pot Au Feu here.

Browning the chicken.
This was a wonderful dish!  I’m sure I’ll be making it  quite often in the future.
Chicken cooked to perfection and a luscious sauce!!

14 comments:

  1. Both dinners look fantastic! It also sounds like you had a wonderful visit.

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  2. Kathy the first meal looks so good; I am willing to overlook its seafood content. [Not being a fan of fishy things]. But the second meal would have brought me to the table and not just to look. Wonderful chicken and so luscious!

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  3. Kathy, have we made the seafood recipe yet? I cannot keep track but it looks delicious. Pricey but tasty, huh? Bravo to your son. And, the Diable......yummy, huh? If you handn't liked it, you would be in the minority. This was a recipe that almost all of us agreed was a winner. Glad you all liked it. Glad to know that other families have game "issues". Try as we might, we all tend to be rather competitive and there are often tears with one or the other of the younger generation. I know it was a good respite from a rather nasty Winter in the East but I suspect you are glad to be home.

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  4. The Chicken Diable looks wonderful and so does the Seafood . Monopoly is a game we regularly play at my house. Everyone want to get Park Place. We loved the chicken. I need to try the seafood dish.

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  5. Despite the mustard, I actually think this was a very tasty dish! Glad you could make it!

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  6. This looks sp wonderfully seasoned :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. Your chicken looks wonderful, and seeing that pot-au-feu makes me think someone needs to nominate it soon!

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  8. Hi Kathy! Both your chicken dish and seafood stew look like meals we would love- catching up on good recipes is a great thing to accomplish ;-)

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  9. That chicken was good and now you have piqued my interest in the seafood stew.

    Monopoly games are all out war in my house. No mercy. No mercy.

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  10. What a feast! The chicken and the seafood dish both look really terrific!

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  11. Oh this does look delicious! Anything with chicken, cream and a bit of a kick sounds good. Thank you for sharing such a lovely meal. Perfect for guests...or even for the weeknight!

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  12. Yay! I am glad that you got to make this one - it's a goodie.

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  13. Two winners! The seafood dish looks incredible...can't wait to get to it :)

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  14. Both dishes look so delicious. I am looking forward to making both of these!

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