Chicken in Shitake Mushroom Sauce from Fratelli Perata
daughter and wine club manager, Joanne, has grown up with the Italian
culture surrounding her. She is attuned to wine and food pairings and
has a great knack of creating her own dishes and sniffing out other
good foods. She brings us from Epicurious.com this chicken and Shitake
recipe, which we promptly make-over with her consulting (cooks in the
kitchen). Fratelli Perata wines pair with thyme nicely, not so much
with sage. We had never used Shitake mushrooms, always porcini or
portabella. Since there is a Trader Joe’s nearby now, we were willing
to take the plunge. With a few tweaks from the original recipe, this is
a great Mafalda pairing entrée.
Marinate your chicken!
4 large chicken breasts or equivalent of thighs
1 T fresh rosemary, chopped
1 T garlic, minced like Mama in the chicken cacciatore recipe or you can use a cutting board
¼ cup olive oil
Put all ingredients in a large zip-lock bag. Marinate overnight at least. Turn when you remember.
2 cups chicken broth
3 ounces pancetta, cut into matchsticks
7 ounces shitake mushrooms, fresh, sliced (TJ sells them in 3.5 ounce packages)
1 T thyme, chopped fine
1 cup whipping cream
chicken broth until reduced to 1 cup, set aside. While that boils,
sauté pancetta in large skillet until crisped, 2-3 minutes; remove to
large plate. In the same skillet, sauté mushrooms, about 3-4 minutes.
Remove to pancetta plate.
To skillet, add chicken, a drizzle
more of olive oil, and sauté on both sides over medium heat until a
golden crust forms on the chicken, about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on
thickness. Chicken should be cooked through, use a thermometer if in
Add stock and cream to chicken, stir up the good bits
of flavor in the bottom of the skillet, simmer briefly until thickened,
and then add mushrooms, pancetta and thyme.
Serve over polenta or rice. Is excellent the next day. Enjoy the Mafalda with it.