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How to make it

  • Preheat oven at 400 F
  • Fry the saffron threads in a dry frying pan for a few minutes, then soak them in a small dish with the hot water for 15 minutes.
  • Melt the butter with the oil in a frying pan and fry the chicken pieces until they change color. Lay the chicken pieces on top of the sliced onions, carrots and celery in a casserole dish. Add the chicken stock, lemon juice, a generous dash of white wine and the saffron liquid, and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the chicken pieces, carrots and celery and keep warm. Strain the cooking liquid into a saucepan. Add the white wine and boil rapidly for a few minutes to reduce to 2 cups. Reserve for the sauce.
  • To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and blend with the butter. Slowly add the reserved cooking liquid and cook, stirring constantly, over a low heat until it comes to a boil. Simmer sauce gently, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes.
  • Beat egg yolks, cream and lemon zest together.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the egg mixture. Season with salt and pepper, and add the sauteed mushrooms and chopped fresh cilantro to taste. Add a little lemon juice if necessary.
  • Arrange the chicken and veggies on a platter and drizzle sauce over all.

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  • Good4U 8 years ago Was this review helpful? Yes Flag
    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    I can see that this recipe results in a moist and tender chicken. I absolutely love saffron for it's aromatic qualities and rich color.
    Julia's photo is proof positive of how wonderful your recipe is written look how pretty it came out.
    Five forks and a big happy smile:)
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  • krumkake 14 years ago
    That does look exremely good - love the sauce, and the saffron...this is one I must try soon. Thanks, Lori!
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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    Hi Lori, after seeing Julia's rave reviews in the I made it group, I had to check it out for myself. Bravo...!! This sounds wonderful and is quite visually appealing. Will be putting this in my recipe box for sure... Jim
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  • lilliancooks 14 years ago
    This sounds and looks so amazing!!! I just had to flag it!
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    I'm back to tell you that I made this over the weekend. It came out really good with a rich, lemony sauce! The chicken cooked moist and juicy, and veggies absorbed the chicken flavor. The only thing I did differently, is I used only 3 tbsp. of flour in the sauce instead of 6. The sauc ethickened up just fine for me. Thanks again for a great recipe! I added a pic for you, you can remove it if you post your own.
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    Like Julia, I love cooking with saffron. This recipe rocks - and I love that luscious sauce, hon. Thank you - great post!
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    I love using saffron in cooking! This recipe sounds really good, from chicken to sauce! Added to my list to try, thanks!
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