- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 4 bone-in chicken breasts (about 2 1/4 pounds in all)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3/4 pound mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons flour
- 6 tablespoons dry vermouth or dry white wine
- 2/3 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
- 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes, drained
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- In a large, deep frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper and add to the pan. Cook until browned, turning, about 8 minutes in all. Remove. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from the pan.
- Add the butter to the pan and reduce the heat to moderately low. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Raise the heat to moderately high. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in the vermouth and bring back to a simmer. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, thyme, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the chicken and any accumulated juices. Reduce the heat; simmer, covered, until the chicken is done, about 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
This earthy dish is perfectly suited to the rustic charms of a country red wine from southwestern France. Look for a bottle from one of the various appellations in that region, such as Cahors, Madiran, or Bergerac.