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2 Tbsp olive oil
12 chicken thighs, well trimmed
2 c chopped onion
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 c dry white wine
1/4 c plus 2 Tbsp chopped fresh marjoram
2 large boiling potatoes, peeled, each cut into 12 pieces
3 large carrots, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
2 large parsnips, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
2 medium rutabagas, peeled, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
2 medium turnips, peeled, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
5 c chicken broth
3/4 c whipping cream
2 Tbsp cornstarch


  1. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add chicken and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes per batch.
  2. Transfer browned chicken to a large bowl and pour off all but 2 Tbsp of drippings from the pot.
  3. Add onions to pot and sauté over medium heat until golden, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute.
  5. Add wine and 1/4 cup marjoram and simmer until wine evaporates, about 4 minutes.
  6. Return chicken to pot.
  7. Arrange vegetables over chicken.
  8. Pour chicken broth over chicken and vegatables.
  9. Cover and bring to a boil.
  10. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
  11. Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer chicken and vegetables to a large clean bowl.
  12. Boil liquid in pot until reduced to 3 cups, about 10 minutes.
  13. Mix cream and cornstarch in a medium bowl, then stir into the pot.
  14. Simmer until thickened to a sauce consistency, about 5 minutes.
  15. Return chicken and vegetables to pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring gently.
  16. Add remaining 2 Tbsp marjoram and serve.

Serves 6

Bon Appetit, October 2001

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