Brokenhearted chicken: A love story

Brokenhearted Chicken

There was a recipe, pulled from an issue of Saveur, that I’d been wanting to try out since December. It was the name that got to me: Dolores’s Brokenhearted Chicken, so-called “because it tastes so good it makes you hungry even if you’re heartbroken.”

It sounded like a dish that could cure any life woes — the very essence of comfort food. The chicken is cooked somewhere inbetween being roasted and braised in a sauce made of stock, sherry and butter. It’s topped with parsley to brighten the flavors and served with crusty bread. And while the chicken is good (very good in fact), it’s the luxurious sauce that is the true winner. It soaks into the bread making it almost like a custard — full of flavor and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

In other words, this was the perfect meal for me to make before I left on vacation a few weeks ago. I had been running around so much that I was mentally and physically exhausted. In fact, I was so rushed that I ended up making this after I ate a dinner of ramen, so that my husband could have dinner ready when he came home.

See, the thing with being married to a chef and having a day job means we are often like ships passing in the night. I’m asleep when he gets home, he’s asleep when I leave for work. I try to make his late nights a little better by having a plate of food waiting for him when he gets home. Having cooked professionally for years, I know the last thing you want to do at the end of the night is eat anything you’ve cooked yourself. It’s just so much better when someone makes it for you.

So while this chicken is supposed to be made to comfort the lovelorn, I like to think it better expresses my attempts at being a good wife. (In return, since marriage is a two-way street and all, my husband makes sure my kegerator is never empty. That’s love.)

Anyways, before summer is in full swing and eating ice cream for dinner sounds perfectly reasonable, I would recommend making this for someone you love. Broken heart not required.

Start by rendering off some bacon

Start by rendering off some bacon

Sear the chicken pieces in bacon fat

Dredge the chicken in flour and then sear it in bacon fat

Sherry, stock, parsley and butter: headed into the oven

Sherry, stock, parsley and butter: headed into the oven

Perfectly tender and juicy -- the stuff dreams are made of!

Perfectly tender and juicy — the stuff dreams are made of!

Brokenhearted Chicken

Brokenhearted Chicken

Brokenhearted Chicken

For my love…

22 thoughts on “Brokenhearted chicken: A love story

  1. You are indeed a good wife 🙂 I’m no slouch in the kitchen, but could never dream of putting together something so lovely. You’ve got skills! Looks like the making of a good midnight snack to me.

    • This is so easy — it just takes time and attention for the braising. You should really give it a try! And I did do some serious snacking on it and it also made a terrific lunch the next day, so some of my reasons were selfish! =)

  2. Oh. My. Goodness. Surely someone must have torn that page out of my copy of the magazine before it arrived. Or I was in a Christmas haze? I can’t believe I missed it. Thanks!

    • Well the December issues are bad for magazines because they catch you at that crazy time between Thanksgiving and Christmas when it’s hard to believe you’d ever have time to sit and read. But no matter — now you’re in the know! =)

    • oh man — let me tell you, I made my husband’s plate with the bread at the bottom and by the time he got home it was totally soaked through. Not in a soggy way, but really almost like a bread pudding. He said it was better than the chicken. =) Give it a go and let me know if you like it!

  3. And of course my oven is still crippled as I drool over this. Sigh. Just as well, my cholesterol doesn’t need any more temptation. Who am I fooling, this will be squirreled away for the phoenix-like rebirth of my oven and the next cold spell 😀

  4. This looks gorgeous! And so nice that it’s no longer a heartbreak chicken – makes it kind of sad 😦
    Loving partner chicken sounds much nicer!
    Thanks for following my blog 🙂

    • Thanks! Loving partner is a much happier way to think about it, and this chicken will definitely win you brownie points in that department — it’s sooo good. And of course! Looking forward to reading about your adventures. =)

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