After my complaining about the time commitment involved in last week’s recipe, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy and hands off this recipe is. It required a trip to the store, but other than that, eat was extremely easy. I actually made my first trip to the liquor store in I don’t know how long, for this recipe. The recipe calls for Armagnac which comes from a special grape in France. Dorie also said that cognac or brandy could be substituted. My mom always told me that orange juice could be substituted for brandy, and I think that’s the only thing I would have done differently.
I went to the liquor store looking for a small bottle of Armagnac, but our local store didn’t carry it, so instead I walked out with the smallest, cheapest bottle of cognac I could find! I wasn’t really worried about quality since it was going into a hot pan with veggies and chicken! When I worked in the food industry I served liquor, and so I was pretty used to the smell, but it’s been so long, that when I opened the bottle, it took me back to Sunday dinners at my grandpa’s house. I can still remember him putting his brandy snifter over a steaming cup of water to warm it up. It’s amazing the memories that are associated with smells.
As for the chicken, I cooked chicken halves so that I wouldn’t need to do a lot of carving. It really was delicious. The cognac flavor wasn’t strong enough to make me head to the liquor store, but I’m excited to have this as a method for cooking chicken. Next time I’ll sub out orange juice or apple juice, but if you can have a complete dinner in a little over an hour, with hardly any hands on work, I’m all for it. Plus, my kids devoured it! Delicious, delicious dinner!
Oh, and I know the picture doesn’t look that appetizing, but I find it really challenging to take nice looking photo of chicken!
*What is French Fridays with Dorie? An online cooking group dedicated to working our way through Dorie Greenspan’s newest book, Around My French Table. We try a new recipe each week and post about it on Fridays. If you’re interested you can pick up a copy of the book and follow along with us here.