Wednesday, September 3, 2014

French Vinegar Chicken-Poulet saute au Vinaigre

I have never been silent about my love of the french. Clothing, style, decor, food, and of course, the people. Every time I eat french food it strikes me at the simplicity of the ingredients and the surprisingly exquisite taste. They have the art of blending complimentary flavours down pat, with so little fuss. Except for macarons-now there's a bit of fuss for you!
I used to live with a darling French girl. The chicken she brought home from her sister's house is forever imprinted in my mind. It looked like butter chicken, with thick, creamy, tomatoey sauce running down it, but it tasted so very different from the Indian curry I was so familiar with. To my surprise it was tangy and sweet all at once, explosive on the taste buds, smooth and creamy, and the chicken moist-delicious! My mouth literally waters just thinking about it.
So I had to try my hand at it, and it was simple, and the end result fabulous. I wondered how my children (4, 2 and 1 years old) would go with the tangy flavour and a new dish, and even the baby went crazy for it. We served it with cous cous, but I hear it's great over mashed potato, and I imagine it would also go well with rice and a side of beans. Don't be put off by the unappetising name! I imagine it sounds better in French- Poulet saute au Vinaigre.

FRENCH VINEGAR CHICKEN(Poulet saute au Vinaigre)

2 large chicken breasts, cut into 8 pieces (or 5-6 chicken thighs)
1 tsp butter
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup red onion, chopped finely
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup white wine (I used Rose Moscato)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (or red-wine vinegar)
1 cup boiling water
2 chicken stock cubes
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp corn flour
2 heaped tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped

 Melt the butter in a fry pan. Add the chicken and fry for 5 minutes on one side, then turn over and cook the other side until the colour of both sides match. Season the chicken, then remove the chicken from heat and set aside.
Add the onion and garlic to the fry pan and fry on high heat for one minute. Deglaze with the wine, scraping any sticking residue from the bottom of the pan. Add the vinegar. In a small bowl, combine the boiling water and the stock cubes, and stir until well combined. Add this to the saucepan, along with the honey and tomato paste.
Whisk until combined, then return the chicken back to the pan. Place heat on low-medium. Cook with the lid on for 20 minutes. Take 4 tbsp of the sauce from the pan and place in a small bowl with the corn flour. Combine until it forms a smooth paste. Add to the pan and stir through thoroughly. Keep the pan on the heat until the sauce reaches desired thickness.
Stir through the sour cream.
Serve garnished with fresh parsley, over mashed potato, cous cous or rice.

Serves 4