Poulet Fine Champagne
“This is an easy dish–roasted chicken with a very special sauce. The sauce itself can be made ahead and reheated at serving time so that you have time to do other things while the chicken is roasting.” –Stafford’s In the Field, Chocorua, New Hampshire
Yield: Serves 4-6.
- 1 roasting chicken (about 3-1/2 pounds), trussed
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- Fine Champagne Sauce (recipe follows)
InstructionsSprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and tub all over with the softened butter. Place on its side in aw roasting pan and roast in a preheated 400 degrees F oven for 15 minutes, basting occasionally. Turn on the other side and roast another 15 minutes. Turn breast side up and roast 15-20 minutes longer, still basting. Remove the trussing string, place chicken on a platter, and keep warm.
Pour off the fat that has accumulated in the roasting pan. Deglaze the pan with 1 cup of water. Melt all the solidified juices and pour into a saucepan through a fine strainer. Allow the liquid to reduce until it is as thick as jam. This is a meat glaze. Keep warm while you make the sauce.
Fine Champagne Sauce
- 2 cups chicken stock, homemade or canned
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 8 to 10 sprigs parsley, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 cup champagne (or dry white wine)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup good cognac