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Chicken With Mushrooms & Vin Jaune

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  • ½ ounce morel mushrooms (dried)
  • 3 ½ pounds chicken (cut into serving portions)
  • Salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 14 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion (halve & slice thinly)
  • 1 ½ cups vin jaune (if unavailable, replace with ¾ cup dry white & ¾ cup dry sherry)
  • 8 ounces mixed mushrooms, sliced thinly (cremini, oyster, shiitake, or others work well)
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraîche
  • 3 tablespoons flour (all-purpose)


  1. Place morels in a bowl & cover with hot water, setting aside to allow to soak. While waiting, season your chicken pieces with salt & pepper according to individual preferences. Heat the olive oil & 5 tablespoons of butter in a heavy flameproof casserole dish over a medium heat.
  2. Add your onions & chicken, and sauté, being sure to turn every so often until the chicken has completely browned, approx. 15 minutes. Add 1 cup vin jaune (or ½ cup white & ½ sherry), stirring while scraping the bottom of the pan. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Cover, and allow to cook on a low heat for 45 minutes – 15 minutes prior to the chicken being ready, prepare your mushrooms.
  3. Drain the morels, but reserve & strain your soaking liquid. Add 5 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over low heat. When melted, begin to sauté your morels for roughly 10 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and resume sautéing until they’re all lightly brown, approx.. 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms & any liquid into your chicken mixture before adding the crème fraîche and combining.
  4. Take your  remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and knead with the flour until smooth. Add to your chicken along with the  morel soaking liquid & remaining vin jaune (or wine & sherry). Over a low heat, stir until smooth & thickened – do not allow to reach boiling. Taste, and adjust salt & pepper as required.