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Chicken w/ dijon mustard sauce

This is a French classic that is very easy to make and will please all at the table. It’s worth noting that this dish is just as good made with Normandy cider as it is with wine. I tend to add the mustard right at the end to ensure it keeps its tang and vibrancy. This is probably my favourite celebration of chicken!

Chicken w/ dijon mustard sauce

Chicken w/ dijon mustard sauce

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Serves 4


  • 1 Whole Chicken, jointed (skin-on) into drumsticks, thighs, wings and breasts (cut each breast in half) – freeze the carcass for stock!

  • 50g butter

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • salt and pepper

  • 1 fresh bay leaf

  • leaves from 3 stems of fresh thyme roughly chopped

  • 3 banana shallots, very finely diced

  • 4 cloves garlic very finely chopped

  • 100ml dry white wine

  • 2 tbsp good quality white wine vinegar

  • 1 tbsp plain flour

  • 600ml homemade chicken stock

  • 150ml double cream

  • 3 generous tbsp Dijon mustard (not from a stale old pot)

  • chopped fresh chives

  • squeeze of lemon juice

  • homemade croutons


  • In a heavy casserole large enough to fit all the chicken, melt the butter and oil together.
  • Lay in the well seasoned chicken pieces skin side down and gently fry taking care not to burn the oils.
  • Sauté until deep golden brown. Turn all the leg meat pieces and do the same on the other side but not the breast pieces. They should only be fried on the skin side.
  • Remove these to a plate to be joined by the rest when done.
  • Add the shallots to the fat and cook with the bay and thyme leaves until non other than totally tender.
  • Add the garlic and cook until tender.
  • Now pour in the wine and vinegar and evaporate rapidly until completely gone.
  • Stir in the flour and cook for a minute or so before slowly whisking in the stock.
  • Return the chicken to the pot and simmer on the stove top very gently for 30 minutes or so with the lid on.
  • Stir in the cream and lastly just before serving stir in the Dijon mustard. Added too early and you will lose its ‘bite’.
  •  Give the seasoning a final check, adding maybe a small squeeze of lemon juice  and serve with croutons and chives.