Braised Chicken & Cremini Mushrooms in Bourbon Sauce

Braised Chicken and Cremini Mushrooms in Bourbon SauceBraised Chicken & Cremini Mushrooms in Bourbon Sauce is a fabulous rustic  fall comfort food to serve to family and friends. It’s a delicious combination of decadent creamy bourbon sauce over braised chicken with cremini mushrooms that you won’t soon forget.

I have found some really great deals on leg quarters at my local market; so you know I am ecstatic to show off some of my favorite recipes that involve this relatively inexpensive cut of meat. I am at my wit’s end paying so much money for beef and pork these days; so believe me when I tell you I am taking full advantage of the markets sales items.

That’s the thing I adore about most comfort foods; they ‘re so damn delicious and you can usually afford to whip up a fabulous meal without breaking your wallet. Which means you can splurge on something else at the market. Isn’t that a win-win situation?

Braised Chicken & Cremini Mushrooms in Bourbon Sauce

  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on
  • 4 chicken legs, skin on
  • kosher salt  for seasoning chicken
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons of authentic olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, tied in bouquet
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 ounce of bourbon
  • 1/2 of a cup of heavy cream
  • 2 pints of cremini mushrooms
  • 1/4 of a cup of chopped parsley

Directions for Braised chicken

  1. Season the chicken thighs and legs well with kosher salt.
  2. Place the 1 cup flour in a small bowl, and quickly dredge both sides of each thigh and each leg in the all-purpose flour, shaking off excess flour. Reserve to side.
  3. Heat  olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Then add 2 tablespoons of the unsalted butter to the same Dutch oven, after the unsalted butter has completely melted place the chicken, in the pan. Brown for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the  Dutch oven with metal tongs and set aside. Reserve oils in the pan.
  4. Add the minced shallots, garlic, thyme bouquet, and ground black pepper, then whisk in the chicken stock, heavy cream, and bourbon and increase the heat to medium-low.
  5. Place the chicken in the pan, and bring the stock to a light simmer. Careful not to let it become above a light simmer due to heavy cream.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover the Dutch oven with a heavy, tight-fitting lid, and lightly simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Stir the bottom of the Dutch oven, add 2 pints of cremini mushrooms re-cover, and simmer on low for 20 more minutes or till done
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and discard the herb bouquet of thyme.
  9. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter.
  10. Add the parsley to the sauce, stir to combine, and then spoon the sauce over the chicken.
  11. Serve with wild rice blend or steamed white rice.

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