Ok, so Bacon Day was back on August 30th. However, I have found a plethora of bacon dishes, so they will be making appearances over the next few weeks. Starting with this yummy dinner!
SKILLET CHICKEN WITH BACON AND WHITE WINE SAUCE
Author: Pinch of Yum, inspired by The New Classics cookbook from Saveur
Serves: 8 (unless you eat like my family does- LOL)
3 slices bacon
½ cup flour (I used white whole wheat)
salt and pepper
2 teaspoon herbes de provence
1½ - 2 lbs. chicken thighs with skin***
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, thinly sliced
½ cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken stock
dried or fresh parsley for topping
BACON: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat a large ovenproof Dutch oven or cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the hot bacon grease in the pan (turn down the heat while prepping the chicken).
CHICKEN: Mix the flour with salt and pepper and the herbes de provence. Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour mixture and transfer to the hot pan. Pan-fry the chicken for a few minutes on each side, until golden brown (but not cooked through). Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside on plate.
SHALLOTS: Add the shallots to the pan with the olive oil. Saute for 5-10 minutes, until softened and fragrant and golden brown. Add the wine slowly, stirring to get all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken stock and let everything cook until it reduces slightly, about 5-10 minutes.
BAKE: Add the chicken and bacon back to the pan and bake for 40 minutes, stopping ever 10 or 15 minutes to baste the chicken with the pan sauce. Remove from oven when the chicken skin is crispy and the chicken is fully cooked. Skim the oil off the top of the sauce if you want (see notes) and serve with bread to soak it all up.
***As per my usual, this was done with chicken breasts. If you use the chicken thighs, you will definitely want to skim off some of the excess fat.