Chicken Breasts Perigord

This is one of  our favourite Chicken recipes.  One I have been making for over 20 years.  The recipe is one of Lucy Waverman’s from her “Seasonal Canadian Cookbook”.
It is a relatively  easy recipe.  
One that can be prepared early in the day and then cooked later.  
Making it the  perfect dinner party recipe.
I usually serve it with Parisienne Potatoes but this time I went with rice, and steamed and buttered radish, leeks and zucchini.
Cooked radishes are similar to turnip.

Chicken Breasts Perigord

Source:  Lucy Waverman

This flavorful and elegant chicken is stuffed with a combination of fresh and dried mushrooms.  Because the breasts are stuffed under the skin, the stuffing moistens the chicken meat and keeps it juicy.  Use either dried porcini or dried Chinese mushrooms; they have the most flavor.  The sauce can be made ahead of time and the breasts stuffed a few hours before baking.

6 Dried mushrooms
1/2 cup boiling chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
4 shallots
8 ounce fresh mushrooms finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried tarragon or basil
3 tablespoons fresh bread crumbs
1/3 cup whipping cream
3 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
6 single boned chicken breasts, with skin on.


1/2 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup mushroom-soaking liquid
3 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons port or Madeira
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Soak the mushrooms in boiling chicken broth for 20 minutes.  Drain the
mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid and the mushrooms
separately.Chop the mushrooms.

Preheat the oven to 375°F

Heat the butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat.  Add the
shallots and dried and fresh mushrooms.  Saute until all the liquid has
evaporated, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes.  Stir in the basil
or tarragon, bread crumbs, cream and parsley.  cook until the cream has
reduced and the filling is thick. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide the filling in six portions.  with your fingertips, make a
pocket between the skin and the flesh of each chicken breast.  Stuff
the filling under the skin of the chicken breasts.  Season the breasts
with salt and pepper and place in a buttered baking dish large enough
to hold the breasts in one layer.

Bake for 30 or 40 minutes, basting occasionally, until the juices run

To make the sauce, in a frying pan, combine the onions and wine.  On
high heat, bring to a boil and reduce until you have 1 tablespoon of

Pour in the mushroom liquid, reduce to 2 tablespoons and then add the
chicken stock and continue to boil until the stock is reduced by half.
Add the port and simmer for another 2 minutes, or until the sauce is
smooth and strongly flavored.

Combine the cornstarch and cold water and stir into the sauce,
simmering until the sauce thickens slightly, about 2 minutes.  Season
with salt and pepper and add any juices from the chicken.  To serve,
pour the sauce over the chicken breasts.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. I really like the sound of this recipe and the photos are beautiful. I'm sure I would love this.

  2. One day i will make this Ann..It looks wonderful..have a lovely Easter~

  3. Lucy Waverman is one of my all time faves from back in her Canadian Living days. When I was in high school I wanted to work for the magazine, don't know what happened there.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I made this chicken recipe for our 20th year anniversary dinner party for 12 people. Amazing. A little time consuming but worth it. Served it with rosemary roasted potatoes and braised broccolini. Plan to use this recipe for another 20 years!

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