Friday, December 7, 2012

Milk Bathed Chicken with Shitake Mushrooms, Herbs and Spices

This one is delectable. The chicken is succulent and tender from the milk, and the mushrooms absorb the herb and spice combination fervently ;-)

Oven at 400

One whole chicken breast
One cup Shitake mushrooms
One cup milk
1/3 cup chicken stock
Tbs olive oil
Tbs butter
tsp dijon
Tbs fresh chives
tsp dried oregano
tsp whole coriander
Half a cinnamon stick
One bay leaf
Pepper (wait for salt)

Bake covered for 45 minutes. Add salt. Cook uncovered another 15 minutes.

The result is not pretty, but a gastronomic success. If you are a curry person, I would add a tsp for punch, then serve it over rice. Or, if you want more carbs, add a cubed potato in before baking.

As for the wine, I surprisingly went with a Van Ruiten Carignane. It complemented the robust flavor combination of the dish quite well, and in itself is a supreme bottle. Cheers! Stevie