Poulet au Vinaigre, Revisited

Some recipes are worth repeating and this is one of them.  It is one of the most flavorful dishes and is a favorite of my youngest daughter who makes it frequently.  While visiting my oldest daughter I made it one night for dinner.  It is a hit!  My previous post is here.

What's new is the Violet Queen Cauliflower that my son-in-law brought in from the garden.  It was delicious...

Poulet at Vinaigre
by Peggy Knickerbocker 

12 chicken thighs (about 3-4 pounds), bones in
Salt and freshly ground blackpepper
4 Tbsp unslated butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
6 shallots, minced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup apple vinegar
1 1/2 cups white wine
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley

Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper to taste. In a large, deep skillet (big enough to hold all chicken fairly close together; or use two skillets) melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken for about 8 minutes, turning so both sides get nicely browned. Transfer the chicken to a deep, broad, ovenproof casserole that can go from the oven to the table. Remove the skillet from the heat and pour off most of the fat.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the skillet back over medium heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for about 1 miute, or until they become translucent. Add the vinegar and wine, and stir up the crispy bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pan. Allow the liquids to cook down a bit, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes. Whisk in the tomato paste and let the sauce simmer and condense, about 5 minutes more. Then add the chidken stock, a little at a time. Keep stirring to mix well.

Pour the sauce over the chicken. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the chicken is very tender, turning the chicken pieces midway through, so that both sides are infused with the sauce. Remove one thigh and cut into it to make sure it is done and no red juices flow from the cut.

Remove the casserole from the oven, sprinkle the parsley on top, and serve.


This is worthy of any rotation!

I am sharing today at Foodie Friday hosted by Michael at Rattlebridge Farm.


  1. Sounds delicious, Kate. Delighted to have found you on Pinterest too!!!

  2. The chicken sounds super good. I grew a few heads of the purple cauliflower this year and we really enjoyed it. As good as these look, it's the taters and gravy that really caught my eye.

  3. I think you will miss being all together..
    I love that cauliflower et le nom..poulet au vinaigre? Suits me perfectly~

  4. Love the vinegar! This sounds like a very flavorful dish, fun cauliflower too:@)

  5. This looks and sounds delicious! Haven't had mashed potatoes in forever either.

  6. This looks so delicious. The sides looks amazing too. The flavors sound amazing.

  7. This is exactly what I am going to make with those thighs in the freezer!! My presentation won't look near as good as yours, but I will try. Lol

  8. Delicious, looking Kate, very yummy looking comfort food and that purple cauliflower is amazing, I would love an outfit in that color!

  9. I remember reading about it the first time and did add it to my bucket list. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. Kathy, I've been looking at some older recipes lately and thinking about reposting them and at the same time updating the photos. I'm always making new recipes that sometimes (most of the time) I forget about the old ones. Great idea!


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