Some research brought me to James Martin's "Forest Chicken" recipe, and from his idea, today's recipe was born.
Inspired by James Martin
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter, divided
4 large chicken thighs, with skin and bone
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces salt pork
6 ounces shallots
8 ounces wild mushrooms (I used chanterelles and cremini)
1/4 cup madeira
1 cup prepared chicken demiglace
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh tarragon leaves
1 small summer truffle - about 1/2 ounce
- Trim the thighs of excess fat and skin.
- Remove the rind from the salt pork, and cut into 1/2-inch by 1/2-inch by 1-inch batons/lardons.
- Peel the shallots, keeping the root end intact; cut them in half lengthwise, or in quarters, if very large.
- Clean the mushrooms with a mushroom brush. Quarter the cremini. Leave the chanterelles whole, unless very large, in which case cut them into quarters, as well.
- Prepare the chicken demiglace, and set aside, keeping warm.
Add 2 tablespoons oil and 1 1/2 tablespoons butter to a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
Season the trimmed chicken pieces very well with salt and pepper. Add to the pan, skin side down, and fry until deep-golden brown; turn and repeat on the non-skin side.
Heat a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat, then add 1 tablespoon oil. Fry the salt pork lardons until they have rendered their fat and are crisp, then add the shallots and cook until golden.
Transfer the chicken from the frying pan to the Dutch oven with the lardons and shallots, and continue cooking over medium heat. Pour off most of the drippings from the frying pan, return it to the heat, and add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Fry the mushrooms for about 3 minutes. Add the Madeira and flambé; add the demiglace, cream, and tarragon, and mix well. Cook until it begins to bubble and form a sauce.
Pour the mushroom sauce over the chicken and simmer, partially covered, for 20-25 minutes.