Pan-fried chicken with mustard cream sauce

Jill Dupleix
Chicken with mustard cream sauce.
Chicken with mustard cream sauce. Photo: Marina Oliphant

A brilliant display of the versatility of the frying pan, with the entire dish cooked in one pan.


1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter

8 chicken pieces

4 thick rashers rindless bacon, chopped

1 onion, halved and finely sliced

250g small mushrooms, finely sliced

1 tbsp thyme leaves

100ml dry white wine

2 bay leaves

250 ml chicken stock

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp creme fraiche or sour cream

sea salt and pepper

50g baby spinach

1 tsp paprika


Melt the butter and oil in a strong frying pan and fry the chicken for 5 minutes on each side until golden. Remove to a warm plate, and add the bacon and onion to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the mushrooms and thyme, tossing well, then add the wine and bay leaves. Boil for 2 minutes, then return the chicken to the pan and add the stock. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and cooked through. If you find it too soupy, simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes. Just before serving, remove the chicken to a warm plate, and whisk the cream and mustard, salt and pepper into the mushrooms over gentle heat. Return the chicken to the pan, scatter with baby spinach and heat through. Dust with paprika and serve.