Monday 26 December 2016

Champagne Chicken Breasts

On New Years Day and New Years Eve, I like to have champagne and I love to include it in the dishes I serve, knowing this is my last Hoorah before my sanity comes back.....well hopefully! My guests always ask for the recipe and think I’ve been cooking for hours, but it is done in little more than half an hour. And there is zero fat added; the chicken cooks in Champagne. So, in reality, I have already eased back into my usual eating pattern. Cooking with wine adds flavor but the calories of the alcohol burn off in the pan. Vermouth, Pernod or any number of earthy reds or whites can add depth to a dish, but for elegance of finish nothing beats Champagne. 

Chicken au Champagne

Serves four

4 chicken breasts (with skin and bone)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Chervil, tarragon, or thyme (optional)
1 shallot, quartered
1 cup Champagne (Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut)
Place the chicken breasts in a roasting pan, and season them. Pour 1/2 cup of the Champagne over breasts. Make a slit in each breast and insert a piece of shallot.
Place the pan under the broiler, skin-side up, for 3 minutes, until the skin is nicely browned. Turn and broil the other side for 5 minutes

 Remove the chicken from the broiler, baste with the pan juices, and add the remaining 1/2 cup of Champagne. Adjust the oven temperature to 475 degrees and bake the chicken for 30 minutes, basting once or twice.
I Serve over Basmati rice. Sautéed wild mushrooms add a special touch and go beautifully with Champagne. (In a warm frying pan with a touch of olive oil, add clean, roughly chopped mushrooms, and cook for a few minutes. Add a few drops of lemon juice, freshly chopped sage, seasoning to taste and 1 tablespoon of butter.) Pour the cooking juices from the chicken over the meat and rice. Serve the remainder of the bottle of Champagne.

 Are you looking for more New Years Eve menu ideas? I have several right here!! For these delicious light Champagne Cupcakes click the link! And pair with this frosty beverage!

 Or how about these? Champagne Shooters

For starters these quick Dungeness Crab Cocktail with Mustard sauce

More ideas? Just go to the Master Recipe List or to my New Years Wrap up!

New Years Eve is a last chance to be elegant, decadent and outrageous before the moral resolves of the New Year begin. This year maybe heighten the evenings drama by encouraging guests to wear fancy dress type masks to maintain a mystery until midnight. Be sure to get all the mischief out of your system before the clock strikes twelve for the first strains of "Auld Lang Syne" masks and old habits must be tossed aside to begin the year anew.

This photo is of my daughter and son-in-law. They are dressed for a holiday party masquerade, gorgeous! They won "Best Dressed Couple" and a $250.00 gift card!! A fun idea for your party planning!

 As 2016 draws to a close I am thinking of all of my followers who have written such heart felt e-mails, taken the time to comments and who have not only read my recipes, but implemented them into their family meals. I am humbled by a lot of the comments, but, admittedly your input inspires me to continue. It is difficult to track some followers, however, on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Craftsy and Goggle you number over 168,000!! I have no tracker for the followers on e-mail. The most popular blog hits for 2016 to this day is-

How to Carve a Watermelon Baby Carriage 
Little Miss Muffet Sat on a Tuffet 
Two Layer Lactation Brownies 
Baby Boy Shower Ideas 
Chicken Farro Salad 

Sew whats cooking with Joan, has done better than my best expectations, thanks to YOU! Wee Bear could not be more supportive in all my endeavor's and continues to be my hero, my lifeline, my entertainer and my pal. Life is Good...........

Enjoy this last week of 2016 and let's all pray for peace and goodwill in 2017. This is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Happy New Year!

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  1. Love this blog! Thanks you are a inspiration. Harry and Joel

  2. Great blog! Thanks for continuing, we implement several of your recipes into our meal plans and are never disappointed. Happy New Year! Cheryl W


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