By Gina Grad
November 15, 2018

Alright let’s get real. Comfort food is awesome, but with the holidays coming up and people to entertain, sometimes you need to cook to impress.

That’s where chicken and shallots come in!

It’s so fragrant and looks fancy shmancy and the best part is (don’t tell Adam because it drives him crazy but it’s SO EASY!)

This is a rare time when I follow the recipe word for word - and not because I thought I was going to get killed by my Instant Pot like last time, but because this recipe is absolutely PERFECT the way it is.

So let’s all give a big round of applause to and do what she says. She knows what she’s talking about!


Here are the main highlights:

  • Melt butter in iron skillet (it’s important that it’s an iron skillet because you’re going to put the whole thing in the oven!) 
  • Once the butter froths, throw about a dozen halved shallots in the pan until they get all brown and delicious. 
  • Once that happens, coat the shallots with Dijon mustard and throw in a few sprigs of thyme or tarragon - whatever ya got! (Personally, I don’t think this is totally necessary but it does add a lovely flavor). 
  • Add 2 cups of white wine (Vinnie said it’s ok to cook with) and let everything simmer. 
  • Throw the raw chicken that you’ve seasoned with salt and pepper right into the pan! (You can use whatever chicken you want, but having done a few kinds, I enjoy the chicken thighs the most.) 
  • Cook for just under an hour until the chicken is nice and brown. 
  • Serve the chicken with PLENTY of delicious shallots and sauce on top!

(Here’s the pan right before I threw the chicken in!)

Now onto the cauliflower mash...

There are TONS of recipes for this online, but here’s the one I use over and over. The taste is simple, the texture is nice and it compliments any main dish!

THIS RECIPE is compliments of

I follow it pretty closely but I add garlic powder, grated Parmesan and chives and often double the recipe for big groups.

The highlights:

  • Boil two bags of diced cauliflower (feel free to rice your own but the pre-riced is easy and it’s the perfect texture). 
  • THIS STEP IS CRUCIAL SO LISTEN UP! After boiling the cauli, squeeze it out with cheesecloth. This veggie holds a LOT of water and you don’t want your mash to be all soggy and runny! Do it in small batches and make sure not to burn your hand if the cauli is too hot! Ok. You’re welcome. 😉
  • Fold in the cream cheese until everything is nice and blended (feel free to do it over a little heat on the stove if it needs to melt a bit.) 
  • Toss in a splash of milk or cream while stirring. 
  • I like to add grated Parmesan or cheddar while continuing to stir, stir, stir!
  • Salt and pepper to taste (with a little garlic and onion powder if you like). 
  • Throw a dollop on the plate and serve with just about any meal!