chicken with shallots

prep time:  tbd
cook time:  tbd
servings:  4 - 6

8 chicken thighs
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 - 15 whole medium shallots - peeled
2 cups white wine
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 sprigs tarragon
2 cups cherry tomatoes - cut in half

1.  rinse chicken thighs in water, and pat them very dry with paper towels.  sprinkle over them the flour, salt and pepper.

2.  melt the butter in a large, heavy-bottomed pot or skillet set over medium-high heat.  when the butter foams, cook the chicken, in batches if necessary, until well browned and crisp on all sides.  set aside.

3.  add the shallots to the pot and saute them in the butter and chicken fat until they begin to soften and caramelize, approximately 10 - 12 minutes.  add the wine to deglaze the pot, stir with a large spoon, then add the mustard and tarragon, then the chicken thighs.  cover the pot, turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

4.  remove the lid, and allow the sauce to reduce and thicken, 15 - 20 minutes. 

5.  add the tomatoes to the pot, stir lightly to combine and serve.

- new your times, march 2014

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