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Roasted Chicken with Savory Mushroom Duxelle

I know chicken breasts are simple and easy. But, roasting a whole chicken is definitely worth the extra effort. The roasted bird has a better texture, is more tender, and definately tastes better… and its cheaper! I made this last week for friends who were passing through Denver. The four of us devoured the whole bird. The only thing left was the bones, which I put in a bag in freezer. Next rainy day, I’ll make stock.

Roasted Chicken with Savory Mushroom Duxelle
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: French
Serves: 2-4

  • 1 free range roasting chicken (3-4 pounds)
  • ½ pound mushrooms
  • 1 medium shallot
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons Smith & Truslow Organic Ginger·Mustard Rub
  • ¼ cup parsley, stemmed and chopped (save stems)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup white wine
  • juice of one lemon, (save rinds)

  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  3. Heat butter and oil in saute pan until bubbling.
  4. Add shallots and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add minced mushrooms and cook over low heat until mushrooms brown lightly and release their water.
  6. Add white wine and cook until dry. Remove from heat stir in 1 Tablespoon of the Ginger·Mustard Rub, the lemon juice, and the chopped parsley and set aside.
  7. Create a pocket between the skin and the breast meat by detaching the skin along the cavity of the chicken. Stuff the mushroom mixture into the cavity and push on the outside of the skin to distribute the mushrooms evenly under the skin.
  8. Place the lemon rinds and the parsley stems inside the bird.
  9. Season the outside of the bird with the remaining Ginger·Mustard Rub.
  10. Place chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. Add wine or stock to the bottom of the pan so that pan juices don’t burn. Make sure chicken rests on the rack above the level of the liquid.
  11. Roast for 20 minutes and then
  12. decrease oven temperature to 350°
  13. and season the outside of the bird with the remaining
  14. Ginger·Mustard Rub
  15. Remove chicken from oven when internal temperature reads 150°. It will continue cooking after it is removed and you do not want to temperature to rise above 165° or the bird will be dry.
  16. Place chicken on a warm platter and tent with aluminum foil. Let rest for 5 -10 minutes before serving.
  17. Remove most of the fat from the pan drippings.
  18. Add minced shallot and saute for 2 minutes. Add chicken stock and wine and boil rapidly while scraping the bottom of the pan. Reduce until liquid is concentrated. Just before serving, swirl a Tablespoon of butter into the sauce. Drizzle sauce over chicken pieces.

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