Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fancy Chicken and The Beautiful Bride

Yesterday was my makeup appointment for Michelle's wedding. I had so much fun being in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the busy day. All of her bridesmaids were very sweet and beautiful! I did makeup for 6 gorgeous ladies. This is a photo of one of the bridesmaid's Cynthia, getting her hair fixed after I finished her makeup. And here is the bride! I had a blast and can't wait for more wedding makeovers.

This chicken came from Pioneer Woman, it is called Coq au Vin, which is too confusing for me so I renamed it Fancy Chicken! It is so delicious and not as hard to make as you would think.

Fancy Chicken
1/2 chicken cut up in pieces
2 slices of bacon cut into small pieces
1/4 onion diced
1/2 cups carrot chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 pound white mushrooms sliced
1 Tb butter
1 1/2 cup red wine

Add bacon to skillet and cook until golden brown. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Salt and Pepper chicken.

Place chicken pieces, skin side down into the skillet and cook in the bacon grease until golden on each side.

Remove chicken from skillet and place in a baking dish, skin side up.

Cook carrots and onion in the bacon grease until tender. Add garlic a few minutes before vegetables are done so that it won't burn. Remove and set aside.

In a separate pan cook mushrooms in butter until tender (sorry I forgot to take a picture of this).
Drain bacon grease from pan and return to heat. Add 1 1/2 cups of wine to skillet.

Use your spatula to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.

Salt liquid and cook for about 3 minutes.

Salt and pepper dish.
Layer bacon bits, then carrot/onion mix, then mushrooms in the pan over the chicken.

Pour wine over chicken. Cover and bake on 350 for 1 1/2 hours.

Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. You can serve these piece directly from the oven, the meat falls off the bone.

I do not like to eat chicken off the bone (unless it's hot wings!), so I took scraped the meat from the bone then returned the meat to the baking dish and stirred the meat into the sauce and vegetables.

There is the risotto again...I am looking for a day to fit it into my menu next week, oh so yummy!

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