Riesling Chicken & Mushroom Casserole from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms

by Lynne on October 17, 2012

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Last Saturday Grace-Marie was having her Autumn Kitchen Casserole Party at the Cooking School at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach and I was really looking forward to it. I love a good casserole, especially when I have to feed a crowd, like around the holidays. I could hardly wait to see what yummy dishes were in store for me. On the menu were Cheesy Brats and Beer Fondue with Pretzel Bread Toasts, Spinach Spaetzle and Autumn Roasted Vegetable Casserole, Reisling Chicken and Mushroom Casserole, and Apple Harvest “Strudel” Casserole. What a great line-up.

But before I get to the recipe, I would like you to see the classes that are scheduled for the rest of October. We are lucky because Grace-Marie wrote out what is on the menu for each class, so I’m sure you will want to attend each one! Here is the link to sign up.

October 20 Saturday, 12noon to 2pm,  $30
Afternoon Tea “Harvest Moon Tea”
Roasted Onion Salad
Cheese and Sausage Biscuit Wedges
Pear and Halvarti Bites
Snappy Joes Toasts
Gooey Granola Squares
Orange Scented Date Cupcakes

October 24 Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm. $35
Dinner at Six “Mediterranean Harvest Feast”
Provencal Olive Loaf Bread
Moroccan Stuffed Mushrooms
Greek Eggplant Salad with Spicy Mint Vinaigrette
Italian Pasta with Caramelized Pumpkin and Onions
Chocolate Mascarpone Torte with CranRaspberry Sauce

October 31 Wednesday, 12noon to 1:30pm, $25
Lunch with Friends “Goulish Crockpot Magic”
Autumn Greens and Asiago Salad
Crockpot Chicken Piccata
Prosciutto Wrapped Fingerling Potatoes
“Tiramisu” Bread Puddin’ Cake

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I have to say, in all honesty, this is one of the most delicious chicken dishes I have ever eaten! The combination of red onions, mushrooms, chicken thighs, Riesling wine and crème fraishe is just amazing. In the photo above you can see how the chicken first gets a little dusting of flour before being browned in butter and oil.

Riesling Chicken & Mushroom Casserole 3

The chicken is removed to a platter and the onions are sautèed until translucent, then the mushrooms are added. When softened, the wine is added and reduced slightly.

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The browned chicken is then returned to the pan and nestled into the mushrooms. The pan is covered and braised until the chicken is fork tender. And moist. And perfect. Just before serving crème fraiche is added to the sauce, along with sliced green onion and Italian parsley. Our chicken was served with spaetzle, but it would be fantastic with nice flat egg noodles. Actually, this chicken would be great served with just about anything. I mean it.

Riesling Chicken & Mushroom Casserole 5

For additional recipes from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen, look under Categories in the right-hand column.

Grace-Marie Johnston

Grace-Marie Johnston

For more information about the new schedule of cooking classes, visit Grace-Marie online at Bristol Farms or email her at gmj@bristolfarms.com.

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Riesling Chicken & Mushroom Casserole

Serves 8

Chicken
8 whole chicken thighs (with bone & skin), rinsed & patted dry
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon thyme leaves, roughly chopped
To season, Kosher or sea salt & ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons canola or grape seed oil

1. Combine flour, thyme, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat well. Remove chicken, shaking off any excess flour and transfer to platter.

2. Warm half of butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat (or use two skillets if necessary). Add half of chicken and sauté until browned on all sides but not cooked completely through. Transfer to platter.

3. Repeat with remaining butter, oil and chicken. Discard flour mixture. Do not clean skillet, but do remove any excessive fat remaining.

Casserole
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons canola or grape seed oil
2 cups red onions, cut into 2-inch dice
1 pound crimini mushrooms, wiped with paper towel, ends trimmed, halved
2 cups dry Riesling Wine
2 sprigs thyme leaves
1 large bay leaf

1. Reheat skillet with butter and oil over medium heat. Sauté onions until translucent (3-5 minutes), then add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and continue to cook, stirring, until they begin to soften (3-5 minutes).

2. Turn off heat and add wine, thyme and bay leaf. Turn heat back on, bring to a boil and cook until reduced in volume a bit.

3. Reduce heat to low, add browned chicken back into skillet, COVER, and braise until chicken is fork tender (25+ minutes).

Serve
1 cups green onions, very thinly sliced
1 cup créme fraiche or sour cream
1 cup Italian parsley, rough chop

1. Just before serving, remove cover and stir in the green onions and créme fraiche. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve warm along side spaetzle or over any favorite egg noodle.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley Bee October 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

When I think casserole, I think Childhood Dinners Involving Campells Soup With Pasta And Some Meat Thing Baked With Lots of Cheese–very low brow. But this, THIS is a lovely fancy casserole! I love it!

Joni October 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Hi Lynne! Just found your blog and absolutely love it! This recipe looks fabulous and I’m sure Iwill try it soon. It reminds me of a recipe I made when I was first married, Portugese Chicken, which I think used wine and chicken broth. (Haven’t made it for years, although my hubby loved it). This makes me even more anxious to try this one from Grace-Marie – thanks!

Geeta Lahiri October 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Oh My Goodness! My mouth is watering! Will have to try this soon.

vaishali October 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Everybody in my family hates bone-in meat. Is it possible to make this with boneless skinless thighs. If so, what would I have to change? Thanks..:)

Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought October 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Who knew chicken thighs could look so appetizing and elegant! I would be proud to serve that to guests!

Lynne October 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Hi Vaishali ~ Yes, you can use boneless skinless thighs. The bones and skin help to keep the meat moist while cooking, so without them, the texture might be a little different. But I hope you make this dish, because the sauce is to die for. If you do , I hope you let me know how it turns out. Lynne xo

vaishali October 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Thanks for the reply Lynne. Will definitely try and let you know…:)

anne-renée October 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

I’m making this right now and serving it with roasted celeriac and parsnips.
Got some nice chantrelles at the shop earlier today too :-)

Matt November 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

I’m making this tonight for the family… I’m going to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs (my wife’s request) and will use whatever white wine we have on hand (probably a sauvignon) . Since I’m sure that won’t be nearly as sweet as a riesling, I think I will probably finish this with a touch of honey before stirring in the creme fraiche. I can’t wait to try it!

Matt November 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I made a variation of this tonight for my wife and kids. I started with boneless, skinless thighs which I seasoned with salt, pepper, and and fresh thyme and then dredged in flour. I browned the chicken in oil and butter — for about 4-5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second, then removed to a plate. I then browned the red onions for about five minutes, added the mushrooms and cooked them until softened — I really should have browned them thoroughly but I was a bit rushed. I then deglazed the pan with about 1/2 cup of white wine (I used an orvieto that I had in the fridge) and then added the chicken back to the pan. I added enough chicken stock to reach half-way up the height of the chicken, brought it to a boil, reduced the heat to low and simmered, covered, for about 15 minutes. I checked the chicken for doneness and then let it simmer uncovered for a minute or two just to reduce the braising liquid a bit and give the chicken a moment to dry out on top a little. I tasted the “gravy” for salt and adjusted, then hit it with a small squeeze of fresh lemon juice and finished it with a generous splash of heavy cream and a handful of parsley. I served mine with fresh (store-bought) fettuccine, which I had cut into 2″ lengths before cooking.

This really was a lovely recipe, and reminded me a lot of my favorite chicken dish — chicken marsala, which I’ve only cooked myself a couple of times. I much preferred this method (braising, that is), and think next time I might try this with marsala wine.

Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe and for the inspiration!

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