Chicken Bonne Femme
Today we’re going to visit one of my favorite dishes, “Chicken Bonne Femme.” This dish has its roots in France but is a true Creole Classic. Bonne femme means “good wife” or “good woman.” This dish is prepared in the a la menagere manner. It’s a rustic and simple way to prepare a dish, since you will serve in the same container in which it is cooked.
What You’ll Need
- About 3 pounds of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- Salt and pepper
- 8 – 12 slices of thick bacon (if you know me, you know I’m using 12)
- 2 pounds of small red potatoes, washed and halved
- 1 large onion chopped fine
- 4 – 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme, minced
- 2 cups of good white wine (separated into 1 cup portions)
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon of “Louisiana” brand hot sauce
- 4 green onions sliced thin from end to end
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
What You’ll Do
Cook the bacon over medium heat until somewhat crisp in a Dutch oven. When done (should take 7 -8 minutes), use a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and brown all over. This should take about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate to rest.
Arrange the potatoes cut side down and brown over medium heat. Once browned, stir in the onion, cook a few minutes and then add the garlic and thyme and cook for about 30 seconds. It will smell fantastic. Stir in half of the wine (one cup), the chicken broth, hot sauce and half of the bacon. Bring to a boil.
Return the chicken and any juices that may be in the plate to the pot. Cook over medium-low heat covered, until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is at 175 degrees. This should take about 20-25 minutes. So, while that’s happening enjoy the other cup of white wine. When done, sprinkle with the green onion, parsley and the rest of the bacon. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy.
This is a great dish to prepare on a lazy day with friends and family. There are several variations of this dish and some friends I have shared it with have added ingredients to their liking and made it their own. Feel free to do this but keep the basic recipe the same, please.
Until next time, don’t forget to….
STIR DAT POT!