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As the name states, Poulet basquaise comes from the south-west of France, where Yvonne used to live. We used to eat it relatively frequently, but when we ate it on 28 August 2010, it had been several years since the last time, and we had to look for a recipe. Strangely, the one we chose wasn't the one in Connaître la cuisine du sud-ouest, by Francine Claustres, published by Éditions Sud-Ouest, but in a German book, “Französische Küche” by Jean Fernot. With a name like that, you'd think that the German one is a translation, and it is—from the Italian “Il grande libro della cucina francese”. The book hides the title of the recipe in the index under the name “Hühnerpfanne” (chicken pan). This is our adaptation, using ingredients we can find in Australia.

We last ate this dish on 9 April 2022, when we made some changes, including using chicken thigh filets instead of whole drumsticks

Ingredients

For 8 servings

quantity       ingredient       step
1.3 kg       boned chicken thighs       1
50 g       lard       1
250 g       Schinkenspeck (smoked uncooked ham)       1
100 g       smoked thin sausages such as Chorizo       1
800 g       diced tomatoes, in can       1
2       capsicums (1 red, 1 green)       1
1       onion       1
3       cloves garlic       1
200 g       mushrooms       1
      salt       3
      pepper       3
100 ml       white wine       4
50 g       tomato purée       4
      parsley       6

Preparation

  1. Cut the chicken thighs in three, slice the sausages into 5 mm slices, chop the onions and garlic, cut the capsicums into strips, slice the mushrooms, cut the ham speck into short strips:

  2. Fry the sausage in lard until lightly browned:


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  3. Fry the chicken pieces in the lard until golden brown, salt and pepper, set aside:


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  4. Lightly fry the mushrooms, then set aside. Gently fry the onion and garlic in the same pan, adding a bit more lard if necessary. Add the ham speck, then the capsicum, fry a bit longer, add the tomatoes with their juice, tomato paste and white wine. Bring to boil, add the sausages, season with salt and pepper, stir.

  5. Put the chicken pieces on top:


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    Cover, simmer for about 30 minutes. Add the mushrooms, simmer another 5 to 10 minutes. Check the seasoning, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve, accompanied by spiral noodles or french bread.


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