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Poulet Valee D’Auge – Normandy Style Chicken

A lovely, country style chicken dish, that utilises the sweet, crunchy, popular Jazz apple.


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Poulet Valee D’Auge – Normandy Style Chicken
April 17, 2012

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Poulet Valee D’Auge – Normandy Style Chicken

It’s the season for sweet, crunchy Jazz.

Jazz Apples that is! Jazz Apples are a cross between Gala and Braeburn apples. What does that mean if you don’t know your apples? It means they have a firm but dense flesh and a tangy, sweet flavour. The season lasts from mid-April until October.

330,000 Jazz trees are grown in specially selected regions of Australia, including Batlow (NSW), Huon Valley (TAS), Adelaide Hills (SA), Stanthorpe (QLD), Manjimp (WA), Northern Tasmania and Southern Victoria. It’s a relatively new type of apple, with the first crops starting in 2007.

Jazz Apples are available from all major supermarkets and food retailers nation wide.

Cooking with apples I only sort of reserved for desserts like apple and cinnamon tea cake, but Fast Ed has come up with a whole range of recipes as part of being the Jazz Apples ambassador. I’ve given his chicken and apple recipe a go and it was fantastic. Hamsley couldn’t stop raving about it, he took care of eating all the leftovers for me 😛

For more great recipes head to:

Poulet Valee D’Auge – Normandy Style Chicken with Jazz Apples
Ed Halmagyi – ‘Fast Ed’

3 Jazz apples (500g), peeled and cut into wedges
2 fresh bay leaves
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 brown onion, finely diced
1 large chicken, cut into four pieces
125ml (½ cup) Calvados or dry apple cider
250ml (1 cup) chicken stock
salt flakes and freshly-milled black pepper
125g (½ cup) crème fraîche
1 bunch parsley, finely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 200°C.

2. Sauté the apple pieces and bay leaves in half the butter in a frying pan set over a moderate heat for 4 minutes, until lightly-browned, then add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Set aside.

3. Fry the chicken pieces in the remaining butter for 3 minutes each side, until browned, then return the apple mixture. Pour in the Calvados and cook until almost evaporated, then add the stock and bring to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes, then season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a casserole dish and bake for 15 minutes, until the chicken is firm and the sauce has begun to thicken.

4. Mix in the crème fraîche and parsley, then serve.
Iron Chef Shellie sampled Jazz Apples thanks to Media Moguls.


17 comments on “Poulet Valee D’Auge – Normandy Style Chicken
  1. Michelle

    I love jazz apples too! A bit pricey though.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm
  2. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Ohh that’s why there’s so many Jazz apple recipes 🙂 its because it’s the jazz apple season hehe I don’t think I’ve tried them before but I’m gonna go buy some tomorrow YAY! Thanks for sharing Shellie 😀

    April 18, 2012 at 3:10 am
  3. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    I need to get into roasted apples, they look soooooo good!
    Heidi xo

    April 18, 2012 at 9:13 am
  4. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Mmmm sounds yummy! I normally don’t like fruit in savoury dishes but apples seem to be the exception. I think it is because they absorb other flavours so well and add such a nice complexity to a dish.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm
  5. Jessa Kate

    Thanks for sharing with us this delicious recipe, I want to share this great taste with my family…

    April 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm
  6. Cara @ Gourmet Chick

    Thanks for reminding me that Jazz are in season – love roasted apple and it goes so well with pork as well.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm
  7. Kathrryn

    Chicken and apples? I have never tried it at all.. This is actually a good idea and I want to experiment too..

    April 19, 2012 at 10:45 am
  8. Aidan Hicks

    I’m not into that kind of fruits that’s why I rarely eat dishes with apples . But that looks different. How do you pronounce the word? From the name of the dish, you can say that it is something worth trying for.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm
  9. Ashley

    Ooh, love cooked apples in my desserts, but never had them with chicken…sounds fab though! 🙂

    April 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm
  10. msihua

    Oh where oh where are my crunchy Jazz apples?

    April 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm
  11. Vien @ We Dare Food

    ooohhh chicken and apples actually sounds good together! I think apples taste better when they’re roasted/baked!

    April 23, 2012 at 9:31 am
  12. Gourmet getaways


    What a great dish, I love the sound of the apples, cider and bay leaf combination! Delicious!

    April 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm
  13. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Iron Chef Shellie,

    This looks like a simple yet beautiful recipe. I have been craving to cook chicken differently since I tasted a fantastic spatchcock interpretation recently by a professional cook at a friend’s house.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:16 am
  14. Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    Love the sound of this recipe. I have never heard of Jazz apples before, will be looking out for them from now on.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm
  15. Born27

    That looks savory. Yum yum, I’m getting hungry. Let’s do the jazz! 🙂

    April 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm
  16. Heidi19

    These look absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making these with my kids. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    April 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm
  17. Sandra92

    I can smelter the delicious aroma of this recipe… Hmmmm… Yummy!

    May 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm
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