This wholesome French recipe is sometimes known as 'hunter's chicken'. It's rustic, and uses those classic French techniques and flavours that make your heart sing.


  • 250g chestnut mushrooms

  • 5 tomatoes

  • 5 shallots, peeled and halved

  • 1 tbsp tomato puree

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 250ml double cream

  • 1.5l chicken stock

  • Half a bottle of red wine

  • A whole chicken

  • 16 pieces of bacon, streaky

  • ½ tbsp. flour

  • Bunch of tarragon, fresh

  • 125g Butter

  • 800g Maris Piper Potatoes, peeled (can also use Desiree or Russet potatoes)


  • 1.

    Remove the tops of the chicken legs and portion up the chicken into four pieces of white and four pieces of brown meat.

  • 2.

    Pour a splash of olive oil into a large frying pan. Put the chicken into the pan to brown and colour for a couple of minutes. Add two knobs of butter halfway through.

  • 3.

    Whilst the chicken is browning, slice up the bacon into cubes and halve the shallots.

  • 4.

    Once golden in colour, lift the chicken out of the pan and into a bowl. Set to one side.

  • 5.

    Put the shallots and bacon into the hot pan and colour.

  • 6.

    Add 2 crushed garlic cloves (skin on), and half the tarragon and brown for a minute. Then, add 1 tbsp. of tomato puree. Stir in and cook out. After a minute, sprinkle over the flour.

  • 7.

    Pour in the red wine. Stir, then pour in the chicken stock.

  • 8.

    Add the chicken back in and bring to the boil.

  • 9.

    Add the chestnut mushrooms.

  • 10.

    Chop the tomatoes into eighths and add to the pan, with a sprinkle of salt and pepper to season

  • 11.

    Bring to the boil and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.

  • 12.

    Serve with mashed potatoes, which you can make using par boiled potatoes passed through a ricer and then heated in a pan with double cream and butter (100g).

  • 13.

    Finish with more fresh tarragon, 2 knobs of butter and seasoning.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

  • Energy 1278kj
  • Fat Total 90g
  • Saturated Fat 38g
  • Protein 53g
  • Carbohydrate 53g
  • Sugar 15g
  • Sodium 1027mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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