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Cailles aux riz Provençal

According to Cocoa & Lavender: Overall, this dish is similar to a paella: a rice dish with bits of meat and vegetables added to give flavour, texture, as visual interest. The little bit is sauce on top could be increased but it seemed just right as is.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 4 people


  • 4 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 large Onion halved and sliced
  • 3 small Carrots peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 3 stalks Celery cut into matchsticks
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 tsp Herbes de Provence
  • 1/4 tsp lavender buds crushed
  • large pinch salt
  • 3 fresh bay leaves or 1 dried bay leaf
  • 3 1/2 cups Chicken Broth simmering
  • 8 semi-boneless quail washed and patted dry
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Salt
  • 1 cup White Wine
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet or paella pan over medium-low heat.
  • Slowly cook the onion, carrot, and celery for 10 minutes, until soft but not brown.
  • Turn the heat to medium-high.
  • Add the rice, herbes de Provence, lavender, salt, and bay leaves and cook for 5 minutes, when rice has turned white and chalky looking.
  • Add the simmering broth, and cover, reducing the heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet and brown the quail on both side, starting with the breast side - about 3 minutes per side.
  • Set aside pan with drippings.
  • Open the pan with the rice and add the quail, feet facing inward and breast side up.
  • Re-cover and continue to simmer for the remainder of the 30 minutes.
  • Just before serving, heat the skillet with the quail drippings and deglaze the pan with the white wine.
  • When reduced by half, add the tomatoes and simmer till reduced a bit.
  • Keep warm until it is time to serve.
  • Drizzle the sauce over the quail and rice.
  • Bring pan with the quail to the table, remove the cover, and serve.


An equally delicious, but cost effective alternative to quail would be chicken thighs.
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