Make Poule au pot

Edited by Saira, Eulalee, Charmed, Eng and 1 other

This delicious chicken version of pot-au-feu became the symbol of prosperity when Henri IV of France declared that his ambition was to see each of his subjects eat chicken on Sundays.

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  • 2-2.5 kg boiling fowl (with giblets)
  • 3 small onions, peeled
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 450grams carrots
  • 350grams white parts of leeks
  • 225grams button onions of head of celery
  • 225grams firm heart of young cabbage
  • 40grams coarse salt crystals
  • 2.5liter water
  • 12 peppercorns
  • 1 sprig parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. 1
    Wash and trim the giblets.
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  2. 2
    Wipe the chicken inside and out with a cloth, wrung out in boiling water
    Fill the chicken with three small onions, peeled and with a garlic clove inserted in each one.
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  3. 3
    Truss firmly and tie with string.
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  4. 4
    Prepare the carrots, leeks, onions and celery as is done when preparing pot-au-feu
    Divide the cabbage into 8 sections, trim and remove the toughest part of the core leaving enough to hold the leaves together.
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  5. 5
    Put the chicken, giblets, salt and water into a large pan, placed over a low heat
    Bring contents very slowly to a boil.
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  6. 6
    The pan should be just large enough to hold all the ingredients and allows the water to reach half-way up the chicken breast.
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  7. 7
    As the liquid reaches boiling point remove the foam as it rises until the surface is clear
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  8. 8
    Add the bundles of prepared vegetables (except the cabbage), peppercorns, herbs, the remaining two garlic cloves and the nutmeg.
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  9. 9
    When the liquid returns to a simmer, lower the heat, half cover the pan and simmer for approximately 3 hours
    Add the cabbage 20 minutes before serving. This meal must be cooked as slowly as possible.
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  10. 10
    To serve, drain the chicken, peel off the skin, carve and arrange on a large heated serving plate
    Drain the vegetables and place them in small groups around the meat. Cover with foil and keep hot.
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  • The classic sauce to serve with poule-au-pot is sauce ivoire. Take the required amount of chicken bouillon from the pan before the cabbage is added and pour it into a wide, shallow bowl. Remove the fat first with a metal cooking spoon and then with strips of kitchen paper drawn over the surface. Pour a little of the sauce over the meat and serve the rest in a heated sauceboat.
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Sauce ivoire Ingredients

  • 425 ml sauce Bechamel
  • 1 liter strong chicken bouillon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Heat the sauce Bechamel in a heavy saucepan before adding the heated chicken bouillon to it, a little at a time while whisking with a birch whisk. Continue simmering while stirring briskly until the sauce is reduced to a medium thick Bechamel. Test for seasoning before serving.

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This is the classic sauce to serve with poule au pot. It is made with the strong chicken and vegetable bouillon produced while cooking the chicken.

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Categories : Meats & Main Dishes

Recent edits by: Eng, Charmed, Eulalee

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