Raymond Blanc’s chicken and mushrooms in wine sauce
- November 2013
- Serves 4
- Takes 15 minutes to make, 30 minutes to cook, plus overnight soaking
This classic chicken recipe from famous French chef Raymond Blanc, made with morel mushrooms and wine, never fails to impress.
- 36.1g (21.5g saturated)
- 4.2g (3.5g sugars)
- 30g dried morel mushrooms, soaked overnight in 250ml cold water
- 4 skinless free-range chicken breasts (180g each)
- 15g unsalted butter
- 100g very firm button mushrooms, quartered
- 200ml Vin Jaune (see Know-how), boiled for 30 seconds to remove some of the alcohol
- 200ml double cream
- For the leeks
- 15g unsalted butter
- 2 large leeks (about 400g), trimmed and washed, sliced diagonally into 2cm pieces
- Remove the morels from the soaking liquid with a slotted spoon. Squeeze as much excess water out of the soaked morels as possible, then strain the soaking liquid through a sieve lined with kitchen paper. Reserve 100ml of the liquid for the recipe (save the rest for stocks and soup). Wash the morels in plenty of water to remove any grit. Drain and squeeze the excess water from the morels again. Chop any large morels in half and reserve.
- Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. In a large frying pan, melt the butter over a medium heat until foaming. Add the chicken and colour lightly for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and put to one side.
- In the butter that’s left in the pan, cook the soaked, cleaned morels and button mushrooms for 1-2 minutes to soften, then season with a pinch of salt. Add the boiled wine, reserved 100ml morel liquid and the double cream. Bring to the boil, then return the chicken breasts to the pan, coating them in the cream. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 6 minutes or so until the chicken is just cooked through.
- While the chicken breasts are cooking, bring 200ml water, a pinch of salt and the 15g butter to the boil in a saucepan, add the chopped leeks, cover with a lid and cook on full boil for 5-10 minutes until tender and buttery.
- Meanwhile, remove the chicken from the pan with a slotted spoon and keep warm, loosely wrapped in foil. Turn up the heat and reduce the sauce on full boil for 7 minutes until it coats the back of a spoon. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- With a slotted spoon, lift the leeks from their juices and mix in with the reduced morel sauce. Return the chicken breasts to the sauce to reheat for 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if required.
- Bring the pan to the table and serve the chicken breasts with the leeks, generously spooning over the creamy morel sauce. Bon appétit!
You can use dried ceps (porcini) instead of the morels, if they’re easier to find. Any fresh wild mushrooms will work, too – just omit the soaking.
Vin Jaune (meaning yellow wine) is a white wine made from the savagnin grape that is characteristic of the Jura region of France. It has a taste that is similar to fino sherry and, like fino, it is matured in barrels under a film of yeast that forms naturally on the surface. If you can’t find a bottle of Vin Jaune, use a dry sherry instead.
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