I love Melissa Clark and not only because she has the 5th most popular post on Chewing the Fat…see http://chewingthefat.us.com/2011/05/melissa-clarks-mothers-recipe-for-thyme.html). She consistently creates truly accessible recipes for readers of her New York Times weekly column “In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite”. And I love her because she shares my passion for dark meat chicken. She adores the thigh for its flavor but, according to this recipe, her true love is the drumstick. She is a huge fan of how easily drumsticks brown and how juicy they are. And she’s advocate of cooking one chicken part per dish when she can. Chicken is notorious for cooking unevenly which explains why dried out breasts are often accompanied by undercooked thighs. When you confine yourself to one chicken part, you largely eliminate that possibility. And if you, like me, are a Costco shopper, you’re likely buying packages of various chicken parts including those containing 5 lovely drumsticks
Melissa Clark’s Chicken Dijon
1. In a large skillet, toast the coriander seeds over moderately high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer the seeds to a mortar and let cool. Crush the seeds coarsely with a pestle.
2. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Season the chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper, add them to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until golden brown all over, about 10 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and crushed coriander and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over moderately low heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
3. Transfer the chicken to a platter, cover and keep warm. In a small bowl, whisk the mustard with the crème fraîche and tarragon. Whisk the mixture into the skillet and simmer the sauce over moderate heat until thickened, about 5 minutes. Return the chicken to the skillet and turn to coat. Serve the chicken with crusty bread.
MAKE AHEAD The stew can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.