Up the Mountain Chicken in a Pot – Poule au Pot

23 Feb

My understanding is that King Henry IV of France hoped that, as a wealthy nation, all his people could eat stew (or a chicken) once a week.  Poule au Pot became a favourite dish, and the fact that it is so simple to produce and tasty to eat makes me understand its popularity.

I cannot attest to the authenticity of this recipe, I didn´t set out to cook the famous French dish, but when I took it to the table, wafting delicious chicken and vegetable smells, Big Man asked me what we were eating and I told him “Chicken in a Pot”. Et voilà!

Ingredients for 4-6 people depending on the size of your chicken

  • 1 free range chicken
  • 1 large potato per person, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 2 carrots, 2 sticks of celery and a leek per person (peel and roughly chop)
  • A few pieces of fresh thyme and some fresh parsley
  • 2 lemons cut into quarters
  • A large head of garlic, broken up a little but not peeled I used two small ones)
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoning
  • A glass of white wine
  • A large ovenproof pot with a lid (big enough to take all the ingredients)

Set the oven to low before assembling the dish. Rub the chicken inside and out with olive oil and season and stuff half the lemon, half the thyme and half the garlic inside.

Place into the pot, scatter the vegetables around, add the remaining garlic, lemon, parsley and thyme and season. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and pour a glass of wine over. Put the lid on and then place the dish in the oven on low for 2-3 hours depending on the size of your chicken.  Check that the juices run clear before serving. A wonderful tasting, easy meal all cooked in one pot.

For some other fantastic chicken in a pot dishes, check out Food Photography and France (it´s also a very funny read), Savoring Every Bite (for a romantic recipe) and Fired Up Cooking (if you´re planning on some outdoor entertaining) to see their delicious recipes.

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82 Responses to “Up the Mountain Chicken in a Pot – Poule au Pot”

  1. mcfdekker February 23, 2012 at 12:43 #

    That looks delicious. I’d eat the garlic on some fresh bread… ok, it’s official, I’m hungry! I think I’ll make one when my parents come over to visit in a month, it’s a simple dish as such, but it’s still impressive!

    • Chica Andaluza February 23, 2012 at 16:18 #

      That garlic is wonderful – I usually put plenty in as we both like eating it as is! On bread with olive oil and a little sprinkle of salt – heaven 🙂

  2. Tandy February 23, 2012 at 12:45 #

    a perfect way to cook it 🙂

  3. TBM February 23, 2012 at 12:46 #

    That is fit for a king or queen! Sounds good!

  4. Food,Photography & France February 23, 2012 at 13:10 #

    Very impressed with the shot of the cooked poule au pot – nice work.

  5. thecompletecookbook February 23, 2012 at 13:12 #

    Sublime!
    🙂 Mandy

  6. Heather @ SugarDish(Me) February 23, 2012 at 14:09 #

    Yum! Chicken in a pot LOOKS fancy. And when you call it Poule au Pot it sounds really very fancy-er 🙂 Love this recipe! And I love how you listed the ingredient quantities on a per person basis. Smart.

    • Chica Andaluza February 23, 2012 at 16:19 #

      In our house, you can never be quite sure how many will turn up for lunch so you can “stretch” the meal with extra veg…always a good thing I think!

  7. spree February 23, 2012 at 14:24 #

    King Henry IV had at least one good idea and considering HOW good, maybe the one was enough. We love roasted chicken at our house Tanya and this version looks outrageously good. Your photographs are really beautiful too!

    • Chica Andaluza February 23, 2012 at 16:20 #

      He was a clever old soul! And thanks for your lovely words. I only have a little digital camera, but I am trying to improve my snaps. The “before” photo is so colourful 🙂

  8. PendleStitches February 23, 2012 at 15:03 #

    I love this sort of cooking. I make a variation of this with chicken drumsticks and root vegetables. One pot cooking is such a spectacularly good alternative to nipping to the takeaway (which I suspect isn’t a option for you in your location). Much healthier, much tastier, and significantly cheaper. I’d happily put anything of this ilk in front of guests with a bottle of good wine for dinner.

    • Chica Andaluza February 23, 2012 at 16:22 #

      I agree with you – it´s a great dish when you have guests as you are not faffing around at the last minute with saucepans full of veggies, there´s less washing up and it´s so tasty and easy- And yes, no takeaways here 😦 Took some adjusting after living in curry paradise in London!

      • PendleStitches February 23, 2012 at 16:32 #

        We used to eat lots of curry and fish and chips but since starting to eat more healthily we find them most disagreeable. As it takes no time to put a chicken in the oven I usually have one in the freezer…and a really good defrost mode on my microwave that earns its space in my kitchen by defrosting chickens!

  9. gardenfreshtomatoes February 23, 2012 at 15:11 #

    That looks delicious…and I’m sure you would find that there are as many ‘authentic’ recipes as there are French Grandmeres who cook!

    • Chica Andaluza February 23, 2012 at 16:22 #

      You´re so right – whenever I ask around here for details of how to make something typical, I get as many variations as the number of people I have asked!

  10. Rachel February 23, 2012 at 15:30 #

    If this was Herbert Hoover’s intent (“a chicken in every pot”, doncha know), then I’d have voted for him. Guess I’ll vote for you if you decide to run for president (of anything!)! 🙂 Mmmm… and what beauuuuuutiful garlic too!

    • Chica Andaluza February 23, 2012 at 16:23 #

      Ooh…if I ran the world….! Glad I can count on your vote though 😉 That garlic is local and it´s sweet and purple, really lovely, but quite small bulbs.

  11. ChgoJohn February 23, 2012 at 15:48 #

    Who cares if it is authentic! This dish ..er … pot sounds delicious! I’m heading to the grocery shortly to buy the few ingredients I need. You’ve just given me Sunday dinner and I can’t wait!

    • Chica Andaluza February 23, 2012 at 16:24 #

      What´s great is that (depending on how many you´re feeding) you often get leftovers and they make a wonderful soup!

  12. JamieAnne February 23, 2012 at 15:54 #

    That looks great!

  13. Mad Dog February 23, 2012 at 16:31 #

    That’s a wonderful dish and a very fine looking chicken – I assume it’s home grown 😉

    • Chica Andaluza February 23, 2012 at 16:49 #

      Yes, it was one of ours – a little (well, a lot) smaller than usual as we bought about 20 cockerels last time and one turned out to be a hen, and she was getting “harassed” by the all those boys, so was the first one in the pot 😉

  14. bitsandbreadcrumbs February 23, 2012 at 17:05 #

    Love it! This will be my next chicken dish…I adore one pot or one dish meals. Your poulet looks awesome….now what will YOU make with your leftovers?

    • Chica Andaluza February 23, 2012 at 21:57 #

      It´s a good one to do – and I made soup with little noodles and vegetables in it!

  15. tedgriffith February 23, 2012 at 17:23 #

    This looks just marvelous!! We love the one pot meals at our house. 🙂

  16. Jox February 23, 2012 at 18:52 #

    Oh my. This looks hearty. I dunno if hainanese chicken is a close equivalent in Asia but I made one last time. I was supposed to use a free range chicken as well but it wasn’t available.

    http://joxtapose.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/hainanese-high/

    Going through the rest of your recipes now. 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza February 23, 2012 at 22:05 #

      Have never heard of the chicken you mention – will have to check it out, but I adore pretty much all Asain food, so I´m sure it´s good!

  17. Flo February 23, 2012 at 19:49 #

    Bonjour Chica,

    It looks really yummie to me and as a French I can tell you that you could have cook it at the court of our good Henri IV. I guess they didn’t put any lemon at the time but it must give a little “je ne sais quoi” very tasty! Bises

    • Chica Andaluza February 23, 2012 at 21:59 #

      Merci ma belle – I feel honoured to hear that from a real French woman! Bises a toi aussi xx

  18. Christina February 23, 2012 at 20:53 #

    Looks great!! I love slow cooked meals. Can’t wait to give this a try! 🙂

  19. Lena Merrin February 23, 2012 at 23:02 #

    Can’t go wrong with a chicken dish like this one!

  20. katyarich February 23, 2012 at 23:30 #

    I love chicken, fabulous recipe!

    • Chica Andaluza February 24, 2012 at 09:51 #

      Such an easy one but tastes like you´ve spent hours preparing it!

  21. ....RaeDi February 24, 2012 at 01:17 #

    Your photo alone makes me want some! It is gorgeous! The chicken and veggies look so good! This is a recipe keeper! Fabulous recipe that is for sure, Big Man and you must have really enjoyed this one!

    • Chica Andaluza February 24, 2012 at 09:52 #

      We did, thank you! It was one of our chickies, smaller than usual but enough for a meal and then soup another day.

  22. Karen February 24, 2012 at 02:50 #

    Simple is the best and cooked in what looks like one of your lovely clay pots…it must have been delicious.

    • Chica Andaluza February 24, 2012 at 09:53 #

      Somehow the clay pots seem to give a different flavour – makes them extra tasty!

  23. waterfallsandcaribous February 24, 2012 at 03:02 #

    Yay. So many recipes I come across these days require cooking techniques or ingredients that we just can’t achieve in our limited Korean kitchen, with our limited village supplies! This, however, is totally doable! Delish!

    • Chica Andaluza February 24, 2012 at 10:39 #

      So pleased – even though I don´t live anywhere that “exotic” I sometimes struggle to find ingredients I took for granted a few years back!

  24. Purely.. Kay February 24, 2012 at 04:37 #

    Just look at that chicken. Is it wrong to be in love with this chicken? lol. I don’t think so. I absolutely love this recipe

    • Chica Andaluza February 24, 2012 at 10:40 #

      Not wrong at all, and it´s sending you back a little “chickie” love too!

  25. fati's recipes February 24, 2012 at 07:26 #

    Mmm! Simply delicious! 🙂 Love all the colours and veges in the pot, they make that ordinary chicken extraordinary! 😀

    • Chica Andaluza February 24, 2012 at 10:40 #

      I think it´s true that we also eat with our eyes – the colours really were very lovely in that particular dish!

  26. Simply Tia February 24, 2012 at 13:49 #

    I could imagine this chicken being tremendously flavorful. Just look at it!

  27. promenadeplantings February 24, 2012 at 14:19 #

    That looks cooked to absolute perfection. And looking at your photos I realise that it’s something I miss, my partner is a veggie, and just every now and then when I see recipes like yours and how simple and tasty they are I fancy making one. I’ll have to figure a way round, maybe invite some friends and cook 2 separate pots.

    • Chica Andaluza February 24, 2012 at 14:27 #

      That´s love – it´s a big sacrifice if you are not a veggie. Mind you, you seem to make the most amazing food! I guess it would be easy enough to cook two separate pots as you still wouldn´t have too much washing up at the end!

      • promenadeplantings February 24, 2012 at 15:10 #

        I also think there is a dollop of laziness on my part – 1 meal for 2 people is plenty to do. besides I’m not a big meat eater, just every now and then I see a recipe, like yours, and start drooling 🙂

      • Chica Andaluza February 24, 2012 at 15:36 #

        I know what you mean, I don´t think I´d struggle to be a veggie but every now and then you just fancy something! And yes, making 2 meals starts to get a bit silly…

  28. Korena in the Kitchen February 24, 2012 at 16:12 #

    My mouth is watering. I like the look of that big head of roasted garlic!

    • Chica Andaluza February 24, 2012 at 16:50 #

      Thank you Korena – I could eat roasted garlic without the chicken!

  29. Yes Chef February 24, 2012 at 17:11 #

    The truth of it is that wholesome cooking techniques need to satisfy only THREE basic and simple requirements the food you eat should not have excess amount of fat and sodium i.e. should not be full of calories, it should retain the nutrients i.e. it should not be empty calories above all, it should taste good.
    Top Info, Nice to find another Food lover

    • Chica Andaluza February 24, 2012 at 18:27 #

      Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment – much appreciated!

  30. sportsglutton February 24, 2012 at 18:39 #

    Huge fan of tossing things into a pot and letting the ingredients work their magic. You can rarely go wrong. 🙂

  31. Fired Up Cooking SA February 24, 2012 at 20:48 #

    This is lovely recipe, Chica – I’m going to try your version next time we go camping! Thank you for the mention, hon!!!

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2012 at 04:33 #

      Thank you – it would work so well in one of your lovely cast iron pots!

  32. Malou February 24, 2012 at 21:08 #

    This is a wonderful recipe, Tanya. I seldom see the whole free range chicken here. I saw them a lot in Spain, France and Italy. I remember that my father-in-law when we were on holiday in Normandy bought them from the butcher and was so astounded that it was so expensive. He was buying the chicken for his dog who at the time was already old and picky with food. We ended up eating the chicken and it was really so tasty, far better than the mass produced chicken here in Holland.

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2012 at 04:35 #

      You were lucky that the dog decided he didn´t want to eat! Free range chicken was rather an expensive luxury for me until we started to keep our own…but yes, you really can taste how different it is.

      • Malou February 25, 2012 at 09:25 #

        Two legs costing Eur 12 was too much for a little dog. We got him cheap chicken from the supermarket. The free range chicken was just so nice that I still remember it now with a smile on my face. 😉

      • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2012 at 12:19 #

        I think you made a wise decision and I just wish I could mail you one of our chickens!

  33. Charles February 25, 2012 at 03:01 #

    Aaah, look at all those chunky vegetables and that big, delicious bulb of garlic! I have a giant pot like this which I almost never use, and I haven’t cooked a whole chicken in….. wow, months! What a great idea – thanks for sharing Chica!

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2012 at 04:40 #

      I rarely cook a whole chicken, but this was a smaller one that sat comfortably in the pot (and the pot does seem to make a lovely difference to the taste). We have soup from the leftovers the next day!

  34. Michi February 25, 2012 at 18:30 #

    Mmmmmm, I love cooking chicken (or a small turkey) in the oven with a generous helping of fresh veggies (and one or two heads of garlic that become so soft you can squish the garlic into your mouth with your fingers)! So classic, and so yummy!

    • Chica Andaluza February 25, 2012 at 19:02 #

      We share the same taste then! And as for that garlic – I´ll fight you for it 😉

  35. rsmacaalay February 26, 2012 at 08:47 #

    Thats a really good meal! Very rustic and looks so flavourful

  36. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise March 3, 2012 at 20:15 #

    Note to self:
    Do not visit Tanya’s blog at 10 pm! sleeping with a growling stomach is not funn 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza March 3, 2012 at 21:02 #

      Oh dear, I know what you mean, I do the same thing sometimes and then have crazy cravings at 3am 😉

  37. ChgoJohn March 17, 2012 at 15:36 #

    I had to come back and tell you that I made this dish last weekend. It was great, Tanya! It couldn’t be easier to assemble and cook and the results are incredible, very flavorful! I’ll be making it again and soon. Thanks!

    • Chica Andaluza March 17, 2012 at 16:38 #

      I am so pleased first of all that you made it, and then that you enjoyed it. And of course, that you came back to tell me! It´s always a lovely feeling to think that someone has got pleasure out of sharing something that you have enjoyed making and eating 🙂

  38. The Seas Of Mintaka August 29, 2012 at 23:14 #

    Ooohh at last a recipe so I can learn to roast a chicken. No, seriously, that is what a nerd I am at cooking, I don’t know how to roast a bird. But now with this recipe I do, and we’re going to eat this tomorrow!

    • Chica Andaluza August 30, 2012 at 11:05 #

      If you´re not confident roasting in the traditional way, this is a good dish as it´s almost impossible to ruin! Good luck, hope it goes well 🙂

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