ffwD: m. jacques armagnac chicken

Today’s assignment was part two of my “thanks-for-helping-me-move” celebration dinner featuring all four January ffwD recipes that I hosted for my friend last Friday. Even though it’s been a week since devouring this chicken, I can STILL taste the juicy, flavorful, deliciousness now. I will admit that I was somewhat suspicious of this roasted chicken recipe because it sounded a lot like Dorie’s chicken for les paresseux that we made last year. With similar cooking methods and ingredients, the brandy in this week’s chicken needed to wow me to have any chance of standing out in my mind against the “lazy people” recipe!

Let me say with resounding affirmation that the brandy came to impress, leaving a distinct sweetness that permeated so well through the meat and vegetables. It made the dish taste simply fantastic and heightened the idea of your run-of-the-mill Friday night chicken dinner to a commanding yet elegant “Friday Night Chicken” affair, complete with flare and presentation to match. My friend and I enjoyed the taste of this chicken so much that it was truly a delight to eat. After filling our bellies, only a few remaining scraps of the chicken remained, but the sparse leftovers were eagerly and happily accepted as a parting gift at the end of the evening!

To see how other bloggers fared with m. jacques armagnac chicken, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. spicegirlfla
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 07:27:25

    Yum…made with brandy? I’m very intrigued….I’ll help you move next time if I get to have dinner too!!

    • Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
      Jan 13, 2012 @ 13:54:18

      Linda, I immediately though of you when I read “brandy” then chuckled when I say that you were one of the first to comment! he, he, he. 🙂
      I need to add some alcohol to my dinner and desserts, I’m learning so many wonderful recipes you can do w/ brandy from dinner to desserts!

  2. Cher
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 07:35:47

    We did all of this month’s recipes as part of one meal in our house too. It made for a nice meal.
    This was good, but the “lazy chicken” is still my favorite…

  3. Yuri
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 07:38:20

    Nice golden chicken! I’ll make it for my parents next time they come visit 🙂

  4. Louanne
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 08:02:16

    Sounds really delicious and perfect as a thank you dinner!

  5. Eileen
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 08:16:39

    Yours looks nicely browned. Mine never cooperates. What a lovely thank-you meal to prepare for your friend. Nice one!

  6. Elaine
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 08:20:31

    What a perfect recipe to choose for a celebration dinner. Your chicken looks fantastic and I am sure your friend appreciated such a wonderful ‘thank you’!

  7. cindyrina
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 08:26:19

    Wow! looking good…thumbs up!

  8. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 08:42:26

    This chicken looks gorgeous. You have completely sold me on the brandy. Although it didn’t take alot to convince me to include brandy.

  9. Marie
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 09:06:22

    The chicken parasseux was my old favorite roast chicken–now this one may be my new favorite. Yours really did turn out nicely browned.

  10. Ronda
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 09:09:21

    I love a roast chicken. I will try this one someday soon. It is a great choice for a thanks-for-helping dinner!

  11. Elin
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 09:45:30

    You did a great job on the recipe and I can see your chicken must be tasty and flavorful. I am going to make this again sometime soon for it is too delicious and easy to whip up to leave it for too long 🙂

  12. Patty
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 09:46:28

    Your roast chicken with veggies looks perfectly cooked and the golden color of the chicken looks pretty on your platter. I’ll have to try the lazy chicken recipe!

  13. marcella
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 09:48:42

    Your chicken turned out so yummy looking! Like you I wondered if it would really be any different than the other chicken recipe, but it really was.

  14. Kathy
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 09:59:02

    The taste of this chicken was wonderful…we really enjoyed it! The brandy definitely made it stand out. Yours came out so lovely…browned perfectly!

  15. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 10:55:23

    Brandy in chicken. Oh that sounds good and this looks so perfect too.

  16. Adriana
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 11:11:54

    The roast chicken in the platter is impressive, YC! Your friend will want you to move again soon after being spoiled with this scrumptious meal.

  17. Chris and Amy
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 11:13:39

    Looks delish! Love your platter!

  18. Anita Menon
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 11:18:56

    Although a vegetarian ( for now), this chicken looks very interesting. May be my hubby would love it.

  19. Louise
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 11:23:00

    Although I didn’t eat chicken for the longest time, I’m surely glad I saw the light. It just seems to go so well with so many different ingredients. Brandy must be an awesome way to bring out the flavor. I will be trying this!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy…

  20. Krissy
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 11:23:57

    Perfect dinner for your busy life…anything with the word “move” sounds like a piece of work! I, too, felt like I was in a re-run for the lazy chicken dish, however, small changes added great flavor and this was a lovely meal for my family. Your chicken has the best color I’ve seen so far. Nice work!

  21. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 11:58:27

    That’s a magnificent-looking bird…and with brandy, a home run!

  22. Frankly Entertaining
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 12:27:17

    Did you remove the lid for roasting? Your chicken looks so much browner than mine! We loved it here too. Definitely a keeper!

  23. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 12:53:40

    The chicken has a gorgeous brown color! I thought this was the perfect lazy day dish. I haven’t try the lazy chicken dish, but will try it since you raved about it! Hope you are enjoying your new place!

  24. Three-Cookies
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 13:38:22

    Never heard of armagnac/brandy chicken. Looks and sounds amazing.

  25. Chaya
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 14:38:54

    Such a homey looking dinner. A comfort.

  26. kitchenbelleicious
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 15:10:57

    okay really really wishing this was going to be on my dinner table tonight!

  27. Cakelaw
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 15:23:53

    I’d help you move house any time if you made this for me 😉 Love the colourthat you achieved on your chicken.

  28. TrafficDiva
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 15:42:16

    I could lose 50lbs eating nothing but this dish!! I’ve gone to restaurants and haven’t seen such an awesome looking dinner! And from the sound of it…the taste would give em a run for their money…GOOD JOB, sweets!! =)

  29. eatinglikeahorse
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 16:14:03

    Er yes please, and second helpings too! And one of the chocolate puddings in your last post would be just lovely for afterwards… 🙂

  30. oneexpatslife
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 16:32:09

    I found myself comparing this to the lazy chicken recipe too and wondering if it would be as good. In fact, I actually liked this recipe a tiny bit better than the lazy chicken recipe, only because this one had such a tasty sauce in the end. That bread from the lazy chicken was delicious, but I think I’d rather have sauce in the end than bread.

  31. Robin
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 17:32:20

    Nice color on your chicken, mine was pale. Glad you enjoyed it!

  32. Dessert By Candy
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 18:03:53

    That’s ambitious, all four FFwD in one meal! Great to see that the meal turned out well especially the star (chicken) of the show!

  33. Laurie Lessner
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 19:23:12

    Yes, how did you get it browned? Did you take off the lid for a bit? It looks delicious!

  34. betsy
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 20:24:35

    I’m wondering the same thing. Your chicken is so perfectly brown. So many of us had pale poultry.

  35. Maureen
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 21:21:09

    Can we all sign up for moving duty? This chicken is gorgeous!

  36. rebecca
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 21:51:44

    looks like the most perfect roast chicken

  37. Ann
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 22:35:13

    This looks absolutely perfect! I’d help you move if I knew this was waiting for me at the end of the task!

  38. Lola's Kitchen
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 22:43:07

    I’m curious, how did you get the lovely color on your chickie? Mine was very pale but delicious!

  39. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 23:03:31

    Oh my word, this chicken is beautiful! I can just imagine the flavor the brandy added to it. What a great Sunday supper this would be!

  40. peachkins
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 23:11:39

    I’m a roasted chicken fanatic! I need some rice with this!

  41. Kay aka Babygirl
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 23:55:31

    Oh wow.. I’ve never heard of this chicken dish but I am so glad you brought it to my attention. I just love a great chicken dinner 🙂

  42. tinytearoom
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 04:10:54

    ooh. I’ve had my eye on this recipe and was wondering how it would turn out. thank you for encouraging me to make it. yum.

  43. thebigfatnoodle
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 07:16:05

    I love that you added brandy and I just wanted to say you’ve officially made me super hungry now!

  44. Andi Winslow
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 09:27:30

    I am good at packing and can help you move next time. Just call And PS you can make this again for me. Sounds and looks delish. Keep up the good work Andi

  45. Simply Life
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 11:11:21

    sounds like this has tons of great flavors!

  46. michelle
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 11:28:10

    I love the color you got on yours! Looks wonderful! 🙂

  47. jora
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 12:58:14

    Your chicken browned beautifully! What a great thank you for your friend!

  48. hotlyspiced
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 14:31:30

    Who doesn’t love roast chicken! I’m getting hungry just looking at your beautiful thank you dinner.

  49. Tricia S.
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 14:50:25

    I am with the camp who is wondering how your chicken turned out with such a lovely color 🙂 Seriously, yours looks gorgeous. The lack of color and crisp, which I had been looking forward to…left me thinking I would not be revisiting this one but you never do know. It was definitely moist and I can not complain about the prep effort. Great job and great way to thank your movers !

  50. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 19:55:59

    hi yummy chunklet, this looks special and yummy… you put very hot chili, but i like this chili.. sure love to bookmark this..

    ‘as per the guest post , you can email to me anytime you are ready..

    have a nice day dear

  51. mary
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 09:55:01

    That is a perfect dinner – doesn’t get any better in my opinion
    Mary x

  52. Trevor Sis Boom
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 10:36:58

    Now others have said their bird didn’t brown up but this looks beautiful. I put it on the menu for tonight…being about one week late these days for all Dorie events. lol.

  53. Audrey Allure
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 12:15:25

    That looks so yummy!

  54. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 06:18:59

    This looks absolutely delicious–and it wouldn’t kill my post-holiday diet!

  55. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 00:05:27

    Sounds and looks delicious! I’ve never tried anything very excited when I’ve roasted a chicken. You’ve inspired me! Can’t wait to try something new!

  56. Alice
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 20:27:23

    how wonderful of you to share this with your friends! 🙂 We love and admire the “lazy people” recipes in Dorie’s book too!!

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