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Roasted Chicken poulet bonne femme #TastesofProvence @CocoaandLavender

Poulet Bonne Femme

A simple one-pan main course of browned chicken, braised in apple cider and finished with cream.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people


  • 1 whole Chicken or the equivalent in your favourite cuts
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • to taste Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 100 gr / 3.5 oz Lightly salted pork belly
  • 10 whole Pearl onions if you count mine I used 13
  • 300 ml / 1 1/4 cups Dry Apple Cider try fresh from the farmer's market
  • 1 Bouquet garni: Sprigs of Thyme, Parsley & Bay leaf
  • 100 ml / 1/2 cup Cream
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parlsey


  • Divide the chicken into eight pieces. (I used 8 chicken thighs, skin on and bone in.)
  • Flour, salt, and pepper each piece.
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  • Sear them in a pan with half of the butter, so the chicken gets a nice color all around.
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  • Transfer the chicken to a large pot.
  • Slice the pork belly into small cubes and sauté it in the pan in the remaining butter.
  • Peel the onions and add them to the pan when the pork begins to take on some color and become crispy. Continue sautéing until the onion, too, has browned.
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  • Pour in the cider and bring to a boil, without covering.
  • Tie together with cooking twine, the parsley, thyme, and a bay leaf to make a small bouquet garni.
  • Place the bouquet garni in the bottom of the pot and cover.
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  • Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Add the cream and cook, uncovered, for about 10 more minutes, then garnish with parsley.
  • Serve with salad and rustic sourdough bread.


Serve this easy, satisfying chicken with a crusty hunk of bread, a salad, and glass of wine, I can think of no meal more satisfying.
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