Chicken drumettes - the first joint of a chicken wing
12 to 15
Red wine (dry)
1 cup (200 ml)
3 cups (600 ml)
● Soup stock cubes
● Bay leaf
Heinz Demi-Glace Sauce
○ Soy sauce
○ Salt and pepper
a pinch of each
This is all you need: Red wine (a cheap one or leftovers are fine); demi-glace in a can, and soy sauce.
Heat some oil in a frying pan and brown the chicken skin side down first. (If you use a non-stick pan you don't need any oil.)
Transfer the chicken from Step 2 to a pot and add the red wine. Simmer while turning the chicken occasionally until the wine has been reduced to about half.
The chicken turns caramel-brown.
Slice the carrot into rounds or cut in half lengthwise and slice into half-moon shapes. Cut the onion into 8 wedges. Sauté both in the frying pan from Step 2 in a little oil
When the wine has reduced in the pot, add the sautéed vegetables.
Add the ingredients marked ● (water, soup cubes, bay leaf) and simmer for about 40 minutes with the lid half on. Skim off any scum occasionally.
Near the end of the simmering time add the cut up potatoes (to prevent them from falling apart).
I recommend this Heinz demi-glace.
Put in the demi-glace and simmer for an additional 20 minutes, skimming off any scum. Take care not to let it burn.
If it gets too thick, add a little water. Adjust the seasoning with the ingredients marked ○ (soy sauce, salt and pepper) at the end. The soy sauce is the key! Drop in the butter to finish and it's done.
The chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender.
Good with rice or bread.
Story Behind this Recipe
I read in a novel that the secret ingredient in hashed beef rice stew was soy sauce. So based on that I tried combining red wine, demi-glace, along with soy sauce, and it turned out absolutely amazing.
I recommend using bone-in chicken. It has way more umami than the boneless kind! If you put the potatoes in from the start they'll just melt away...so if you want to keep them intact, pre-cook them in a microwave first and put them in at Step 10. We like sweet soy-sauce based flavors in our family, but adjust the saltiness of the stew to your preference.