There are some recipes that when mentioned call to mind the image of a trained chef, calmly combining ingredients with precision to create a dish that simultaneously soothes and excites the taste buds. These recipes come from a long history of development, and have become household names and standards of excellence.
But what turns a recipe into a true classic? What is it these recipes share in common that has us coming back to them time and time again?
One of the reasons these recipes have become household favourites is because they are accessible to the average cook. You don’t need to be a trained chef in a professional kitchen to whip up a perfect pot pie or savoury soup.These recipesare not set in stone, and use ingredients that can easily be substituted for others that you have on hand. This adds to their accessibility. You can still prepare these dishes even if you don’t have access to a high-variety grocery store.
But the ease with which these recipes can be mastered is not enough to get you hooked. What really has us coming back for more are the complex flavours these recipes create through flavour layering. Flavour layering is the process of combining ingredients to enhance and deepen the flavour of a dish. This can be done in many ways, including adding spices or herbs, cooking with broth, searing meat, or deglazing your cooking pan, just to name a few. True classic recipes feature a combination of different types of flavours. One-dimensional dishes tend to fall flat – after just a few bites you feel like you’ve experienced everything the dish has to offer. Dishes with multi-dimensional flavour keep on giving, bite after bite. There’s always something new to taste.
Here are some of our favourite tried & true classic chicken recipes, from our table to yours.
This stew-like dish combines chicken and mushrooms in a wholesome, creamy sauce. The richness of the sauce and earthiness of the mushrooms create a depth of flavour that elevates this seemingly ordinary dish to the level of classic comfort food.
Traditional cordon bleu is made with a cut of meat, usually chicken, pork, or veal, wrapped around thinly sliced ham and cheese, then breaded, and fried or baked. In chicken cordon bleu, chicken breast acts as the perfect canvas to showcase the smokiness of the ham and sweet-saltiness of the cheese. This recipe adds a richly flavoured gravy, made with caramelised onions, mushrooms, and red wine.
This French-inspired Russian classic is truly indulgent. Boneless chicken breast is pounded until tender, wrapped around a decadent mixture of garlic, butter, shallots, and spinach, and then fried until golden brown. While cooking, the butter melts and flavours the chicken from the inside and keeps it moist.
A true classic, this French dish is prepared by slowly braising chicken in high quality wine and flavourful herbs, which work together to create a deeply satisfying flavour. Despite its reputation as a highly complex dish, it is remarkably simple to prepare. Serve this at your next dinner party to amp up your reputation as master chef.
Forty cloves of garlic, you ask? Yes, you heard right – 40 cloves. But for those of you squirming at the thought of having garlic breath for years to come after such a meal, fear not! This recipe showcases the lighter, sweeter side of garlic. The long cooking time called for in this recipe allows the garlic to soften and sweeten, resulting in chicken that is complex in flavour: sweet, savoury, and full of garlicky goodness.
What is more tried and true than a wholesome chicken pot pie? The comfort food of generations, meat pot pies come from a long lineage of adoring fans. From the Roman Empire, to 16th century England, to the new world of North America, the pot pie has travelled far and developed along the way to meet the needs of those who make it. Full of veggies and protein, this dish provides energy and nutrition in every bite.
Chicken noodle soup – the most classic of them all. This is a dish that appears simple on the outside, but once it touches your lips you know just how much went into that single spoonful. Fresh ingredients, flavourful herbs, and plenty of patience are required to make a batch of this soup from scratch, but it is well worth it. Not only is a good chicken noodle soup an adventure in flavour, it is also incredibly good for your immune system. Chock full of nutrients, this soup is a must-have for when you’re under the weather or just in need of something to warm your soul.