January 07, 2018
The French cuisine that French people eat is at its core simpler than people would want to make you believe. The way I would describe French food, and particularly Parisian food is at its core good, wholesome ingredients, cooked simply without too many extra sauces. This Herbs of Provence chicken & roasted potatoes recipe is perfect for any winter night. It is flavorful and easy to prepare.
Before starting, I wanted to discuss Herbs of Provence. Herbs of Provence is an herb blend, from you guessed it, the South of France. Usually it includes, thyme, Summer savory, rosemary, basil, and lavender.
Thyme (thym in French) is an aromatic herb that comes from the mint family of herbs and provide an earthy flavor. Summer savory (sariette) has a delicate flavor and is very similar to thyme. In fact, it goes very well with it, and can be used interchangeably. Rosemary (romarin) is one of the most typical herbs from Provence. It is used in the majority of recipes from the South of France and became popular under the reign of Charlemagne in the 8th century. It has an astringent taste and a characteristic aroma. Basil (basilic) is a staple of Mediterranean cuisine. While usually consumed fresh, dried basil offers a subtly sweet and aromatic aroma that goes hand in perfectly with earthier herbs such as thym and rosemary. Lastly, lavender (lavande) has a distinctive flavor and aroma, making it instantly recognizable. It adds a flowery scent and balances well with the earthy herbs used in Herbs of Provence.
While Herbs of Provence have long been used in Provence, its commercialization outside of the region started in the 1960s and has expanded since then because of its delicious flavor profile and versatility. In France, they are used with grilled and roasted meats, fish, pasta, roasted vegetables and tomato dishes such as stuffed tomatoes.
Herbs of Provence Chicken & Roasted Potatoes (for 2 people)Prep time: 15 minCook time: 30 min
Ingredients1 large russet potatoes1 clove garlic2 chicken breasts1/2 lemonHerbs of ProvenceOlive oil, salt & pepperGuérande salt flower, for finishing touches
Once the chicken has a nice, golden color, it is ready! Make sure to check the inside is cooked through before serving. To check the potatoes for doneness, plant a fork in a piece. If it easy to remove it, the potatoes are ready as well. Add a pinch of Guérande salt flower to add a multi-dimensional flavor to the dish and serve.
Enjoy this classic and hearty French meal!