- 4 ounces chopped morels
- 2 chicken breast halves with skin
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 1/2 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
- 1 cup dry Madeira
- 1 tablespoon softened butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/4 cup chopped carrot
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400º F.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the skillet; cook until golden, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a shallow baking dish (do not clean skillet). Bake until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the morels and continue to cook until softened, 5 minutes longer. Add the chicken broth and Madeira; boil until the gravy is reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 5 minutes. Strain the gravy into a small saucepan; add the morels. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. Whisk 1 tablespoon cornstarch and remaining 1 tablespoon Madeira in a small bowl. Whisk into the gravy; simmer until thickened, about 30 seconds. Season gravy with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture over the chicken and serve.
- Source: Cooking Section, March 2001
- Dish Type: Entree
- Cuisine: Portuguese
- Cooking Method: Combination
- Effort Level: Simple