• (Serves 4):
  • 1 small chicken (about 3 pounds), cut into 6 pieces (legs, thighs, and breasts without backbones)
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • All-purpose flour for coating
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced peeled carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry red wine (preferably one with soft tannins like a Merlot or a Pinot Noir)
  • 1 1/2 ounces Glace de Poulet Gold
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups canned Roma tomatoes with basil, diced, juice reserved
  • 2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon

Mushrooms, tomatoes, and red wine make a savory, chunky sauce for braised chicken in this classic dish. Serve it with a side of roasted garlic mashed potatoes for a hearty dinner.

1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and coat with flour, patting off the excess.

2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy pan over medium heat. Add the chicken to the pan and brown it lightly on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Remove the chicken from the pan and transfer it to a 6- to 8-quart slow cooker. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pan.

4. Lower the heat to medium-low,and add the garlic, onion, carrots, and celery to the pan; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

5. Stir in the 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Stir in the wine and Glace de Poulet Gold and bring the mixture to a simmer stirring until the glace is dissolved.

6. Pour the wine/vegetable mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes and their juices, and Herbes de Provence; stir to mix.

7. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 7 hours.

8. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Stir the tarragon into the sauce remaining in the slow cooker, and season it to taste with salt and pepper.

9. Pour the sauce over chicken to serve.

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