Champagne Poached Chicken with Grape Salad2015-10-07
- Course: Main Dish
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- Yield : 4 servings
- Prep Time : 10m
- Cook Time : 25m
- Ready In : 35m
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- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 large shallot, finely chopped
- 1 (750-ml) bottle Champagne
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, rinsed and patted dry
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon white sauce mix (recommended: Knorr)
- Grape Salad, recipe follows
- 1 cup coarsely chopped red seedless grapes
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley leaves
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 scallions, sliced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large straight sided frying pan melt butter over medium-high heat. Add shallots and saute until soft, about 2 minutes.
Add Champagne, parsley and lemon juice to pan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.
Slide chicken into Champagne mixture and poach 15 minutes, turning once. (Use an instant-read thermometer to be sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees F.) Remove chicken with a slotted spoon to a plate; set aside.
Ladle 1/2 cup of poaching liquid into a small pot over medium heat. Add cream and bring to just under a boil. Reduce heat and simmer. Whisk in white sauce mix. Simmer 1 minute, stirring constantly.
To serve chicken, spoon sauce over top and garnish with parsley and grape salad.
Combine all ingredients in medium bowl; mix well. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper Use as garnish for poached chicken.