Poulet bonne femme

Serves: 6
Course: Dinner
Cooking Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Prep Time: 10 mins
  • 1 large free-range chicken
  • 3tbs olive oil
  • 50g butter
  • 12 shallots, peeled and left whole
  • 12 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
  • 1kg potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks or left whole depending on size
  • 120ml white wine
  • 300ml stock or water
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a deep-lidded casserole dish or cast-iron saucepan.
  3. Add the chicken to the pot and brown it on all sides. Turn it around carefully for about 15 minutes, making sure it colours nicely. Remove the chicken and place on a plate.
  4. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan. Allow to cook for a few minutes while moving them around so as not to burn.
  5. Pour in the white wine and allow to bubble before adding the potatoes. Coat the potatoes and shallots with the buttery wine mixture.
  6. Add the stock and bay leaves along with some seasoning before finally placing the chicken back in the pot. Arrange the vegetables around the chicken so it’s surrounded and not just sitting atop them.
  7. Bring to a simmer and place the lid on before placing in the oven for 1-1½ hours.
  8. Once cooked the juices should run clear from the chicken, the potatoes should be tender and the gravy lightly coloured and highly flavoured.
  9. You could serve the gravy as is or thicken it in a smaller pan using cornflour or leave it reduce slightly by simmering rapidly while you carve the chicken.
Lilly Higgins

Lilly Higgins

Lilly Higgins, a contributor to The Irish Times, is a food writer