Petits Pois a la Francaise With Roast Chicken Breast

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Don't be put off by the fancy name Petits pois a la Francaise is a simple rustic braised pea and lettuce dish from France and I serve it with a perfectly Roasted Chicken Breast.

Don’t you just love the French language, everything always sounds so effortlessly cool and sexy, however petits pois a la Francaise means nothing more sexy than French peas… Now, if like me, you love peas you know that they are pretty foxy but sexy? I’m not so sure. The dish though is the very epitome of why French food is held in such high esteem, it is so simple, essentially braised peas and lettuce with some bacon, garlic, butter and cream and I defy anyone not to fall in love at first bite. At this time of year I can feel free to use up all of our frozen peas from last year as we have already planted our new crop and petits pois a la Francaise is my go to dish to use them. I’ve served these with a simple butter roasted chicken supreme, but hell serve it with what ever you like, it just works, to be honest I would be happy with just a massive bowl of this and nothing to go with it!

In other news it is April, pretty much my favourite month of the year, now admittedly I am currently feeling a little battered, gardening has begun in earnest and my 4-5 months of inactivity is telling on my old bones. And I LOVE it, I may weep myself to sleep at night but growing food is what we moved here to do so getting back at it is always a euphoric time of the year, no matter how much pain  it brings. As a bonus by the end of the month I can put away my grown up long trousers and live in shorts and flip flops until winter comes back. Oh yeah, and there will be fresh peas before I know it, so even more petits pois a la Francaise!

Don't be put off by the fancy name Petits pois a la Francaise is a simple rustic braised pea and lettuce dish from France and I serve it with a perfectly Roasted Chicken Breast.

 

Don't be put off by the fancy name Petits pois a la Francaise is a simple rustic braised pea and lettuce dish from France and I serve it with a perfectly Roasted Chicken Breast.
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Petits pois a la Francaise With Roast Chicken Breast

 Don't be put off by the fancy name Petits pois a la Francaise is a simple rustic braised pea and lettuce dish from France and I serve it with a perfectly Roasted Chicken Breast.

Cuisine French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breast. I prefer to use the Chicken Supreme cut but regular skin on chicken is fine
  • 50 g Salted Butter.
  • 50 g Streaky Bacon. Cut into small 5mm chunks.
  • 1 Garlic Clove Finely sliced.
  • 3 Baby Gem Lettuce. Outer leaves removed and cut in half.
  • 150 g Garden Peas. Frozen are just peachy, just defrost them before using.
  • 100 ml Chicken Stock.
  • 50 ml Double Cream. Heavy Cream in the US.
  • Salt and Pepper To taste.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C

  2. Heat an oven proof frying pan over a medium high heat and when hot add in half the butter.

  3. When the butter begins to foam add in the chicken breasts which you have seasoned with salt and pepper and sear on the skin side until golden. Should take 3-4 minutes. Then flip and transfer to the oven.

  4. The chicken breast should take around 20 minutes to cook but you are looking for an internal temperature of 73°C.

  5. Around 6-7 minutes before the chicken is ready heat another frying pan over a medium heat and when hot add the bacon and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  6. When the bacon is crispy, turn the heat up a little add the garlic and sear the baby gem lettuce on the cut side for 2 minutes.

  7. Flip over the lettuce and then add in the remaining butter and when it foams the chicken stock and double cream.

  8. When this mixture comes to temperature add in the peas and cook for a further minute until the peas are warm.

  9. Taste and add salt and pepper as required

Don't be put off by the fancy name Petits pois a la Francaise is a simple rustic braised pea and lettuce dish from France and I serve it with a perfectly Roasted Chicken Breast.
 Don't be put off by the fancy name Petits pois a la Francais is a simple rustic braised pea and lettuce dish from France and I serve it with a perfectly Roasted Chicken Breast.

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12 Comments

  1. Just Jo April 4, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

    I love petit peas a la francaise but I haven’t made it in ages! I’ll have to give your recipe a go Bri, it would suit my low carb hubby very well for all that bacon and chicken 😉

    • Brian Jones April 5, 2017 at 7:26 am - Reply

      It is weird I am just incapable of considering whether something is low carb or low fat etc etc, it is either tasty and I want to eat it again or it isn’t… I live a simple life 😉 I’ve yet to find anyone who does not love this and you can serve it with anything, meat, fish or even on its own 😀

  2. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs April 4, 2017 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Your photos make me drool EVERY time! This is such a classic dish and you’ve totally nailed it.

    • Brian Jones April 5, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Thanks Emma, difficult to get a dish like this wrong to be honest with you… I’m fighting the ‘unicorn/mermaid food’ craze one classic dish at a time 😉

  3. Pretty April 4, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I always use petits pois instead of garden peas, they are much sweeter and smaller too which means the dish look better!

    • Brian Jones April 5, 2017 at 7:28 am - Reply

      They are the same thing, one is just harvested earlier than the other and the names are pretty much interchangeable 😉

  4. Dannii April 4, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Those peas look amazing. I wish I could cook peas, but my husband is severely allergic to even the smell. I miss them 🙁

    • Brian Jones April 5, 2017 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Really, that would be tough for me to deal with I love peas 🙁

  5. Tara April 4, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Such beautiful photos! I love the addition of bacon. I can’t wait to start gardening again.

    • Brian Jones April 5, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

      Thank you. My body is telling me that we are definitely back gardening again 😉

  6. Kristina @ Love & Zest April 17, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious! Your pictures are always so beautiful too! This is definitely a meal to impress!

    • Brian Jones April 18, 2017 at 5:09 am - Reply

      Thanks Kristina, looks impressive but at it’s heart it is a humble peasant dish 🙂

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