Chicken in Dill Mustard Sauce

We have a CSA dill plant that is flourishing when most of our other plants have kind of had it…went searching for an easy weeknight dill recipe and here’s what we found!  This came from an old issue of Gourmet magazine.  We enjoyed it and it was a pretty fast meal – the original recipe called for chicken legs, but I used chicken breasts and it was fine.  Otherwise no changes.  Definitely a make-again, but I do think I’d add more mustard next time.


•    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
•    1/2 teaspoon salt
•    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
•    4 whole chicken legs (or substitute chicken breasts to cut time and calories)
•    3 tablespoons vegetable oil
•    3/4 cup chopped shallots (2 large)
•    1/2 cup dry white wine
•    1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
•    2 teaspoons whole-grain or coarse-grain mustard
•    1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

Whisk together flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a pie plate or shallow bowl. Pat chicken dry, then dredge legs, 1 at a time, in flour, shaking off excess. Transfer to a sheet of wax paper, arranging chicken in 1 layer.
Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown chicken, skin sides down first, turning over once, 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer chicken to a plate, then pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet.
Add shallots to skillet and sauté, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add wine and deglaze skillet by boiling, stirring and scraping up brown bits. Add broth, mustard, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then return chicken to skillet, skin sides up, along with any juices from plate, and cook over moderate heat, covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Transfer chicken to a platter and boil sauce until reduced to about 1 cup and slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in dill, then pour sauce over chicken.


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