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Sautéed Chicken with Herbs and Vermouth

Make sure to shake the skillet often to prevent the chicken from sticking.

slideshow Quick Chicken Recipes

  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • One 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large heavy nonreactive skillet, melt the butter in the oil. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Add them to the skillet skin side down and cook over moderately low heat, turning once and shaking the skillet often, until cooked, about 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter.
  2. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the skillet. Add the garlic, shallot and dried herbs and cook, stirring, until barely soft, about 1 minute. Add the vermouth and boil, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet, until reduced to a thick glaze. Add the stock and cook, stirring to reduce slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add any accumulated chicken juices to the skillet, then strain the sauce. Stir in the chives and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve.

Serve With

Creamy mashed potatoes.

Suggested Pairing

Pair with a bold, spicy California Zinfandel.

Contributed By Published February 1997

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