Chicken vaguely Chasseur with new potatoes, broad beans and mangetout

I haven’t posted a meal for a couple of days, because on Friday I did beef enchiladas, which I have written about before and last night we went out for a pizza (Zizzi, pretty nice actually, but the evening was all about seeing friends).

Tonight, I made a dish that was a kind of Chicken Chasseur or Chicken Cacciatore type of dish.

Big meaty free-range chicken thighs cooked in a white wine, mushroom, tomato, garlic and herb sauce, finished off with some cream, plain boiled Anya potatoes and a mixture of broad beans and mangetout.

We had melon and prosciutto to start and to drink we had an excellent 2005 claret, the Chateau Vircoulon AOC Bordeaux Supérieur. The wine was an excellent choice, a medium bodied blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot with some nice ageing and a fair amount of depth and finish. It is from the right bank of the Dordogne near Castillon-la-Bataille and is typical of the good value wines that come from this somewhat under-rated area. Less well known than St Emilion and its satellites to the north-west, the wines are in a similar style to the other Bordeaux outer appellations such as those of Bergerac, Lamothe-Montravel and Duras.


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