Pollo Umbriaco (Drunken Chicken) with Polenta

Recipe courtesy Enoteca Maria
Show: Unique Eats Episode: Off The Grid
TOTAL TIME: 2 hr
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr 30 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 whole chicken, butchered into 8 pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 2 white onions, sliced
  • 2 cups red Burgundy wine
  • 1 cup dried porcini mushrooms, rehydrated, excess liquid squeezed out, and choppedSalt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Polenta, recipe follows
POLENTA:
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups polenta
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil and 1/2 stick of butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. While the pan is heating, dredge the chicken pieces in the flour, tapping off any excess. Sear the chicken in the pan until golden on all sides, and then remove from the heat. Arrange the onions on the bottom of a baking dish, set the chicken on top and pour over the wine. Cover and bake for about 1 hour.

Transfer the chicken to a separate dish. Pour the wine and drippings from the baking dish reserves into a sauce pan, stir in the mushrooms and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 20 minutes. Whisk in the remaining butter and season with salt and pepper.

To serve, portion out the chicken and Polenta onto plates and top with the reduced red wine sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.
Cook's Note: The polenta can be cooked in 6 cups of vegetable or chicken stock instead of 6 cups of water. If using stock, omit the salt.

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large sauce pan, and then add the salt. Gradually, and carefully, whisk in the polenta. Reduce the heat and cook until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender. Turn off the heat, whisk in the butter and transfer to a serving dish.

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  • on June 05, 2013

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    This is a wonderful dish when prepared as the chef intended. This recipe, however is atrocious. I saw the show in which this dish was made, and I thought it looked delicious, so I wrote everything down as it was explained. Right before I prepared it, I looked up the recipe because I wasn't sure how long I should cook it, and I was horrified to see how BADLY it is written. I don't know where the disconnect happened, but it needs to be fixed--i.e. the sprigs of rosemary are missing (several should be added on top of the chicken before baking and there is no mention of salt for the baking stage. I am experienced enough to work through a poorly written recipe, but there will be others who are not, and will be dissappointed in the results. I am seriously dissapointed in the quality of writing, considering that this is a well-respected source for recipes.

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