Easy Chicken Chasseur Recipe

CHICKEN CHASSEUR (FRENCH HUNTER'S CHICKEN)

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Chicken Chasseur or Hunter's Chicken is a top-rated French chicken recipe. It is easy to make and contains simple ingredients like bone-in chicken, tomatoes, herbs, mushrooms, and wine. The dish is very flavorful and looks as fabulous as it tastes. Chicken Chasseur can impress everybody, so feel free to make it for special occasions. I guarantee people will love it!

WHAT IS CHICKEN CHASSEUR

Chicken Chasseur is a traditional French chicken recipe, also known as Hunter's Chicken. "Chasseur" in French means "Hunter." Traditionally, besides game meat, the hunters would also bring mushrooms that they'd found on the way. They'd cook this delicious dish with other ingredients they'd collected on the way back home. You can also make this dish with venison, wild birds, rabbit, and other game meat. This was definitely a comforting dish for French people.

Chicken Chasseur was a popular dish on my family table during my childhood, especially during the mushroom season. We used to go mushroom picking every weekend and enjoyed mushrooms in different ways.

The dish is simple - just how I like it, but there is no shortage of taste. The combination of wine, tomatoes, mushrooms, and herbs (such as parsley and tarragon) produces a complex and lovely flavor profile.

INGREDIENTS FOR FRENCH CHICKEN CHASSEUR

  • Chicken tight pieces.
  • Onions or shallots.
  • Baby Bella mushrooms or white button or whatever mushrooms you like.
  • White wine.
  • Garlic.
  • Chopped tomatoes and tomato paste.
  • Chicken stock.
  • Unsalted grass-fed butter is a crucial ingredient in all French cooking (it is optional if you are lactose intolerant).
  • Fresh herbs – tarragon and parsley (tarragon is a prevalent herb in French cuisine, and I love its anise type of flavor).

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN CHASSEUR?

I've seen people using different cooking techniques to prepare this dish.

  • You can braise the chicken with the sauce on the stove.
  • You can sear the chicken (for nice crispy skin!) and move it to the oven to finish. Then the sauce will be prepared separately.
  • You can sear the chicken in a frying pan on both sides, add the sauce, cover it with the lid and move it to the oven to finish cooking.

HOW TO MAKE FRENCH CHICKEN CHASSEUR

Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Warm up the oil or butter in a cast-iron skillet.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Sear the chicken on both sides for 6 minutes on each side.
Transfer the chicken to a plate and set it aside.
Add chopped onions, mushrooms, garlic, salt, and pepper, and let them sweat for a few minutes.
Deglaze the pan with white wine.
Add in the tomatoes, stock, and tarragon. Add chicken to the pan and bring to a boil.
Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for 45 minutes at 375 F.
Once the chicken is ready, add 2 tablespoons of cold butter and let it melt into the dish.
Garnish with some chopped parsley.

HOW TO SERVE CHICKEN CHASSEUR

This delicious chicken pairs really well with:

  • Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Veggie noodles
  • Quinoa
  • Roasted veggies
  • Rice
  • You can also serve it with vegetables and salads.

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

It will last in the fridge in an airtight container for 5 days. You can also freeze it for up to 2 months.

TIPS

  • Bone-in meat is always better because it contributes to the dish's richness.
  • Always use a good quality wine to deglaze the pan as it adds acidity and flavor to the sauce. My favorite is Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Always use fresh herbs as they bring more flavor to your dish.
  • If you want your sauce to be thicker, mix 1 tablespoon of gluten-free flour (or regular flour if you are not gluten-free) or arrowroot with 1 tablespoon of water to make a slurry and add to the sauce as it simmers.

OTHER CHICKEN RECIPES TO TRY:

Chicken Chasseur or Hunter's Chicken:

Chicken Chasseur or Hunter's Chicken is a top-rated French chicken recipe. It is easy to make and contains simple ingredients like bone-in chicken, tomatoes, herbs, mushrooms, and wine. The dish is very flavorful and looks as fabulous as it tastes. Chicken Chasseur can impress everybody, so feel free to make it for special occasions. I guarantee people will love it!

Chicken Chasseur or Hunter's Chicken

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chicken, chicken thigh, white wine
Servings: 4
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Angie

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs bone-in, skin on
  • 1 medium onion or 2 medium shallots 
  • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 10 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Tomatoes or 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup white wine dry
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free flour, arrowroot, or regular flour- optional if the sauce is not thick enough
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Tarragon Chopped

Instructions

  • Heat up your oven to 375 F. 
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Heat up the butter or oil in a cast-iron skillet on medium heat. 
  • When the oil is hot brown the chicken for 6 minutes on each side. 
  • Transfer the chicken to a plate and set it aside.
  • Add onion and garlic and cook it for 5 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, and sweat them for 5 minutes.
  • Deglaze the pan with wine until about 2 tablespoons of liquid are left.
  • Add chopped tarragon.
  • Add tomatoes and chicken stock and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the chicken to the pan, transfer the pan to the oven, and cook it for 45 minutes at 375 F.
  • If your sauce is not thick enough, combine 2 tablespoons of either gluten-free flour, arrowroot, or regular flour (if you eat gluten) with a 1/4 cup of water and mix well. You can add it to the sauce and cook it for 4 another minutes. 
  • Remove the chicken from the oven, add butter (optional) and top it with chopped parsley. Serve with a side dish of your choice! Enjoy!

Nutrition

Sodium: 173mg | Calcium: 6mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 4IU | Sugar: 2g | Potassium: 147mg | Cholesterol: 4mg | Calories: 130kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 8g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 5g | Iron: 1mg

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