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Melissa's Chicken Dijon

Melissa's Chicken Dijon
Melissa's Chicken Dijon
Johnny Valiant

Today’s recipe feature is Melissa's Chicken Dijon. This dish is not only economical it’s easy to prepare. Browned chicken drumsticks are seasoned with coriander, garlic and tarragon and simmered until tender. It’s covered with a wonderful sauce made of whole-grain mustard and crème fraiche. Serve chicken with crusty bread and a full-bodied, fruity chardonnay. Healthy and joyous eating!

Melissa's Chicken Dijon (Recipe courtesy Melissa Clark)


  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 medium chicken drumsticks (about 3 pounds)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth (gluten-free variety, if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 3 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons chopped tarragon
  • Crusty bread, for serving


In a large skillet, toast the coriander seeds over moderately high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer the seeds to a mortar and let cool. Crush the seeds coarsely with a pestle.

In the same skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Season the chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper, add them to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until golden brown all over, about 10 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and crushed coriander and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over moderately low heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a platter, cover and keep warm. In a small bowl, whisk the mustard with the crème fraîche and tarragon. Whisk the mixture into the skillet and simmer the sauce over moderate heat until thickened, about 5 minutes. Return the chicken to the skillet and turn to coat. Yield = four servings.

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