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Nov 6, 2013 12:06 AM

Chicken Lyra

I named this after my new kitten. It's very close to a poultry stroganoff.

4 lg, chicken thighs
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tbsp butter
8 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms
2 lg. or 3-4 small shallots, finely chopped
2 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. heavy cream
1 tbs. fresh tarragon
2 tbs. sherry vinegar (much preferred) or white wine vinegar
1 tbs. corn starch
Freshly ground black pepper

Pat chicken thighs very dry with paper towels. Add 1 tbsp. vegetable oil to skillet, turn to medium heat, and add 1 tbsp. butter. Salt and pepper chicken on both sides. When butter is melted and foamy, add chicken to pan, skin side down. Sear for 5-7 min. until golden brown, flip, and sear the other side, about 5 min. more. Remove chicken to plate.

Drain off fat, then add 1 tbsp. butter. Add mushrooms to skillet. After a minute or two, add the shallot and sherry vinegar. Cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are staring to turn golden brown and shallots are soft, 5-7 min.

Return chicken to pan and add enough chicken broth to come about halfway up the thighs. Reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 40 min or until internal temp is 160, turning halfway through. Add more broth if needed.

Remove chicken, pour liquid into a fat separator and return broth to pan. Dissolve corn starch in 2 tbs. water and add to broth, along with heavy cream. Stir frequently until sauce is thick. Check seasoning, and add salt and pepper if needed. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve.

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  1. this would go over very well @ our house sans the tarragon.
    sounds tummy warming.
    congrats on your new kitten.

    1. Thanks, that sounds yummy. I was standing at my front door this morning eyeballing the tarragon thinking I should make something with it.

      1. Lyra must be an adorable kitty to be so honored. Your dish sounds wonderful. I can imagine serving this over some silky pappardelle! (Colavita makes a very good "nest" of pappardelle, and packages of four (?) are pretty widely available, I believe).

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        1. re: alkapal

          She is adored indeed. I made this for the first time last night while measuring everything so I could post this. Usually I just eyeball it. I served it with baked potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts tossed in balsamic vinegar.

        2. Am I going blind? When do you add the tarragon? This sounds really good.

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          1. I'm going to 'fess that before reading this thread, just having seen the title, I Googled "Chicken Lyra" to find out what it is. :)

            It sounds really good!

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              1. re: JonParker

                She's adorable - and that's a good sound dinner! :::printing out the thread:::

                1. re: JonParker

                  oooh, a beautiful and sweet brown tabby (little tiger girl)! congratulations!