Butter Braised Giannone Chicken with Summer Truffles and Foie Gras
- 1 (2 1/2 to 3-pound) chicken
- Beurre Blanc:
- 3 pounds unsalted butter
- 1 shallot, minced
- 8 ounces dry white wine
- 4 ounces heavy cream
- Sea Salt (fleur de sel)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 1 sprig lemon verbena
- 3 cardamom pods
- 2 chicken legs (reserved from chicken above)
- 1/2 pound foie gras
- 6 ounces caul fat
- 9 baby leeks, trimmed
- 20 asparagus spears, trimmed
- 1 tablespoon minced thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon minced shallots
- 2 ounces summer truffle
- Fine Herbs pluches ( chervil, parsley, thyme, tarragon, and chives)
- Fleur de Sel, for garnish
- Chicken jus (reserved from cooking)
- Red wine reduction
- Port wine reduction
- Foie gras fat (from rendering)
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
Prepare chicken by cutting off the legs, neck, and wings. Remove skin from legs and de-bone both legs; reserve skin. Take the skin and roll it out until flat. Place between 2 silpat mats or greased parchment paper and bake with weighted iron until crisp and golden. Reserve both crisp skin and chicken for later. Leave oven at 250 degrees F.
Beurre blanc: Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until translucent and softened. Deglaze the pan with wine. Add cream and then slowly emulsify the remaining butter into the liquid until creamy and emulsified. Remove from the heat.
Season the reserved chicken breasts with salt and pepper and then place breasts, wing side down, in a rondeau. Pour beurre blanc over the breasts and add thyme, lemon verbena, and cardamom. Make sure the chicken has enough room to "swim" in the butter and is completely covered. Cover chicken with a round cut from parchment paper. Poach in the oven at 250 degrees F until fully cooked through and tender. Make sure butter does not exceed 140 degrees F.
Roulade: Remove any tendons and sinew from the legs and lightly flatten the leg meat. Season the legs with salt and pepper and fill with a 4-ounce piece of foie gras that has been cut into a long rectangle. Repeat this step for the other leg. Roll the leg around the foie gras and let it rest on the fold. Soak the caul fat in salted water for 30 minutes.
Unwrap the caul fat and lay it out to dry. Cut a square out of the caul fat about the same size as the length of the roulade. Allow enough fat to cover the roulade completely. Using butchers' twine, tie up the roulade, allowing at least an inch in between each tie and making sure you do not tie the roulade too tight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the roulades in a large, hot, oven-safe skillet. Sear over high heat until evenly browned. Transfer skillet to the oven and roast until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. Remove from the heat and let rest.
Arrange the leeks on 1 side of the plate diagonally from a pile of the asparagus. Place a slice of the poached chicken breast on top of the asparagus. Place a slice of the chicken roulade on top of the baby leeks. Garnish the plate with summer truffle slices, and a pluche of fine herbs. Finish with Fleur de Sel and crisp chicken skin.
Sauce: Reduce your chicken jus until it reaches the desired flavor. Adjust the flavor with 50 percent red wine reduction, percent Port wine reduction, and a little foie gras fat. Drizzle sauce over chicken and serve.
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Recipe courtesy Craig Shelton, The Ryland Inn, White House Station, NJ