Chicken Fricassée à la Chef Paul Bocuse
The Chef of the Century had a crowing Gallic Coq tattooed on his left arm, one he would often flaunt proudly. The rooster is the national bird of France. But could the tattoo also symbolize Paul Bocuse’s veneration for Poulet de Bresse?
Upon learning of the Chef’s passing on January 20th at 91 years-old, French President Emmanuel Macron lamented that his death had chefs everywhere weeping in their kitchens.
Mais oui. Here too.
My love affair with “Chicken and Morels Paul Bocuse” began decades ago in Chicago at a long-gone restaurant named Bistro 110 where fricassée of chicken was served on a bed of fresh sautéed spinach with a morel cream sauce.
The combination was brilliant. The creamy mushroom sauce infused the sautéed spinach and turned it into a French version of steakhouse-creamed-spinach. The synergy of earthy-nutty morels and impeccably cooked chicken resulted in a timeless dish. It was rich but not overly so, it was balanced in the style that the Chef was known for…classic yet modern.
In 2011 when Paul Bocuse was named “Chef of the Century” by the Culinary Institute of America, Jacques Pépin said, “Certainly he did more than any other chef in the world that I can think of to bring the chefs in the dining room and to make the profession respectable and to make us who we are now…Now the chefs are stars and it’s because of Paul Bocuse.”
For my birthday, I hosted a luncheon in honor of the Chef and served Chicken Fricassée inspired by him. Here is my recipe.
Chicken Fricassée à la Chef Paul Bocuse
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Chicken Chorizo Stew
Baby Spinach, Kale, and Chard
A golden roux with lots of vegetables and kidney beans is the backdrop for this southern-style Chicken Chorizo Stew. This gumbo-esque meal is hearty but not thick. Instead of okra and sassafras, it is chock full of baby greens – spinach, kale, and chard. It’s served with steamed brown rice on the side. A splash of vinegary Crystal Louisiana Hot Sauce adds zippy notes and brightens the flavors.
Chicken Chorizo Stew with Baby Greens Recipe
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Back To School Pasta Dinner for the Whole Family
Chicken Breast, Peas, Carrots
Gluten-Free Chickpea Fusilli
Light Cheesy Creamy Sauce
This is an awesome recipe the whole family will love. It’s great for the start of a new school year with fall colors and a rich cool weather vibe. A satisfying but lighter style cheesy-creamy sauce made with low-fat milk coats organic protein-packed gluten-free chickpea fusilli pasta. It’s full of hearty-sized pieces of browned chicken breast and plenty of vegetables – peas and carrots – two of the most popular with kids.
The sauce is flavorful, but I’ve gone easy on the shallot, garlic, and nutmeg – so the flavors are there in the background but they are not a turn-off for the little ones.
And there are no icky green bits in the dish, I garnish with a large sprig of tarragon or parsley, that’s easy to remove! Serve finely chopped herbs on the side for adults to sprinkle on their dinner.
Back To School Pasta Dinner Recipe
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Winter Citrus Chicken
Chicken Thighs with Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon
Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Capers, White Wine, Herbs
How much you wanna bet this is your next chicken dinner? Is there any meal more satisfying than a perfect chicken dish? Ease of preparation, striking presentation, crispy skin, bright sweet winter citrus balanced with tangy artichoke hearts, salty olives and capers. Served over healthful quinoa flavored with the irresistible pan juices…You gonna take the bet?
Winter Citrus Chicken Recipe
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Griddled Gochujang Chicken Sandwich, “Kimchi” Slaw, Seaweed Mayo
Our panini maker has uses beyond those delectable yet ubiquitous cheesy Italian sandwiches. Here we are smothering chicken thighs in a spicy gochujang (Korean red chili paste) marinade, then grilling them to charred perfection on the panini maker. Mounds of “kimchi” slaw and a slightly crunchy curiously-addicting seaweed mayonnaise make for an intriguing fusion-style sandwich!
The “kimchi” slaw is not really a kimchi at all, as it is not pickled nor fermented – but it is a crisp slaw with vibrant kimchi flavors such as chili, ginger, and garlic.
The sandwiches are enjoyed with Bek Se Ju, a Korean glutinous rice-based fermented alcoholic beverage infused with ginseng and several other herbs which is especially good with spicy grilled chicken.
Griddled Gochujang Chicken Sandwich Recipe
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