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Recipe for Chicken and Truffles

If you are a fan of David’s as we are here at Perfectly Provence, his recipes and journeys to the “end plate” are as exciting to follow as they are to eat. This gastronomic pilgrimage began with research that brought David to James Martin’s “Forest Chicken” recipe, and from his idea, today’s recipe was born… to read more on his delicious expedition…

Poulet Foret aux Truffes @CocoaandLavender

Poulet Forêt aux Truffe

Succulent chicken cooked in rich deep flavoured Madeira, with mushrooms and shallots in a cream sauce decadently adorned with earthy, fragrant truffles.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 4 people


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Butter divided
  • 4 large chicken thighs with skin and bone
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces salt pork
  • 6 ounces Shallots
  • 8 ounces wild mushrooms** I used chanterelles and cremini
  • 1/4 cup Madeira
  • 1 cup prepared chicken demiglace
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (35%)
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves loosely packed
  • 1 small summer truffle - about 1/2 ounce


Prep work:

  • Trim the thighs of excess fat and skin.
  • Remove the rind from the salt pork, and cut into 1/2-inch by 1/2-inch by 1-inch batons/lardons.
  • Peel the shallots, keeping the root end intact; cut them in half lengthwise, or in quarters, if very large.
  • Clean the mushrooms with a mushroom brush.
  • Quarter the cremini. Leave the chanterelles whole, unless very large, in which case cut them into quarters, as well.
  • Prepare the chicken demiglace, and set aside, keeping warm.

Recipe Instructions

  • Add 2 tablespoons oil and 1 1/2 tablespoons butter to a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Season the trimmed chicken pieces very well with salt and pepper.
  • Add to the pan, skin side down, and fry until deep-golden brown; turn and repeat on the non-skin side.
  • Heat a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat, then add 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Fry the salt pork lardons until they have rendered their fat and are crisp.
  • Then add the shallots and cook until golden.
  • Transfer the chicken from the frying pan to the Dutch oven with the lardons and shallots, and continue cooking over medium heat.
  • Pour off most of the drippings from the frying pan, return it to the heat, and add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter.
  • Fry the mushrooms for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the Madeira and flambé.
  • Add the demiglace, cream, and tarragon, and mix well.
  • Cook until it begins to bubble and form a sauce.
  • Pour the mushroom sauce over the chicken and simmer, partially covered, for 20-25 minutes.
  • To serve, pile the chicken in a serving bowl, cover in sauce and garnish with truffle shavings.
  • If you aren't using the truffle, sprinkle with additional tarragon or parsley.
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!