Gratineed Chicken in Cream Sauce (Poulet a la Fermiere)

Recipe by Bev I Am

This is a recipe I found in the March, 2001 Collector's Edition of Gourmet Magazine, the Paris issue. This is a one dish meal that looks intriguing to me, however I have not as yet prepared it. I hope you enjoy it!

Top Review by Steph KP

I love this recipe - I've made it 2x now - once using sour cream and once using the creme fraishe - both are good. The very french sounding name makes this recipe sound kind of intimidating, but it's actually really easy. And if you're a bum like I am, you don't even have to use the sache of herbs - just toss them in. This recipe ends up something like a chicken stew with a white cream sauce. It's so tasty and complex, and super easy to throw together.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat butter in a 12-inch ovenproof deep heavy sauté pan over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then brown chicken all over, in batches if necessary, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a plate and cover.
  4. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan.
  5. Tie parsley, thyme, and bay leaf in cheesecloth to make a bouquet garni, then add to pan with carrots and onions, stirring to coat with fat.
  6. Add wine and deglaze by boiling over high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits, until liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  7. Add broth and chicken, skin sides up, with any juices from plate, and simmer, covered, 10 minutes.
  8. Add potatoes and salt and pepper to taste and simmer, covered, until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  9. Preheat broiler.
  10. Discard bouquet garni.
  11. Stir in crème fraîche, peas, and salt and pepper to taste, then turn chicken in sauce to coat.
  12. Sprinkle dish all over with Gruyère and broil 4 to 5 inches from heat until browned and sauce is bubbling, 3 to 4 minutes.
  13. Makes 4 servings.

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