CHICKEN WITH CHARDONNAY AND FRESH HERBS
- 4 4 4large chicken breast halves, boneless, skin on
- 4 4 4ounces OUNCE_USVolumefresh goat cheese
- 1 1 1tablespoon TABLESPOON_USVolumeeach chopped fresh tarragon, Italian parsley, chervil
- Freshly ground white pepper
- 4 4 4teaspoons TEASPOON_USVolumeextra virgin olive oil
- 1 1 1shallot, minced
- 1 1 1cup CUP_USVolumegood California Chardonnay
- 1 1 1cup CUP_USVolumechicken stock
- 1/2 0.5 0.5cup CUP_USVolumeheavy cream
- 4 4 4tablespoons TABLESPOON_USVolume(2 ounces) unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F or heat a grill until hot.
In a bowl, mix the goat cheese, half the herbs and white pepper to taste.
Loosen the skin of the chicken breasts. Divide the cheese mixture, place some of it under the skin of each breast and pat gently to distribute evenly.
Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or cook on the hot grill for 10 to 12 minutes per side, until chicken is cooked right through.
Combine the shallot and chardonnay in a saucepan, bring to a boil and reduce to a glaze, about 1/4 cup. Add the stock and reduce by half. Add the cream and continue to reduce until the sauce lightly coats the back of a spoon. Whisk in the butter in small pieces, making sure each piece is incorporated before adding the next. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Strain into a clean saucepan and add the remaining chopped herbs.
PresentationPool the sauce onto 4 warm dinner plates. Slice each chicken breast on the bias into 5 pieces and place on top of the sauce. Serve immediately with the rest of the chardonnay. Note: Make sure to get the charcoal very hot and let it get coated with grey ash before grilling the chicken. If you are using a gas or electric grill get it very hot, too, then turn the heat down to medium to cook the chicken.
Wine RecommendationObviously a Californian Chardonnay will complement this dish. But you may want to consider a contrast, perhaps a sparkling wine in the Champagne style like Brut Carneros or Jepsonšs Blanc de Blanc from Mendocino.
ABOUT THIS RECIPE
Stuffing goat cheese under the skin of the chicken gives this dish a creamy and striking taste. The fresh herbs and Chardonnay combine to make a delicious and complementary sauce.