Today the recipe for the French Fridays with Dorie group is Chicken, Apples, and Cream à la Normande, a truly French dish, meant as an homage to the Normandy region of France. La Normandie is known for its apple orchards, cider production, apple brandy, and a wide range of delightful dairy products, such as the most deliciously thick crème fraîche that we ever tasted.
The ingredients in Dorie`s recipe for Normandy Chicken really represent all the best products available in that wonderful region of France. You will need chicken breasts, of course, and get brown them in the pan, together with crisp apples, best to choose those that will keep their shape during cooking, then onions (I decided to thinly slice French shallots instead), mushrooms (I used baby portabellas because we much prefer their taste to the white button mushrooms), then there is chicken broth, calvados and cream. While I stuck with the cream part, I used natural apple juice instead of the chicken stock and Calvados.
As a side and to mop up that delicious cream sauce, I prepared some mashed potatoes…
…and some French green beans with bits of bacon…
…and some more slightly caramelized apple slices.
This recipe was a resounding success at our house, the whole family adored everything about their late lunch. And I loved how quickly this wonderful recipe came together and how much it reminded me of the time that we spent in Normandy about three years ago and the absolute incredible food we enjoyed there. What is not to love about Norman food, it is simply and undeniably fabulous.
To see what fabulous dishes of Chicken, Apples, and Cream à la Normande the other members of the French Fridays with Dorie group prepared, please click here.