Main Dish

Smoked Chicken Terrine with Chanterelle Vinaigrette

La Crema Russian Estate

3575 Slusser Road
Windsor, CA 95492

Here, chickens are first cold-smoked and then roasted. The meat is shredded and formed into a terrine that's drizzled with a vinaigrette made from chanterelle mushrooms. This dish pairs beautifully with La Crema Pinot Noir.

Smoked Chicken Terrine

  • 3 whole chickens
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons ground sumac
To prepare the terrine, season the chickens with salt and pepper, then cold-smoke them for 1 hour. 

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place the chickens in a roasting pan, transfer to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer registers 150°F. When the chickens are cool to the touch, remove the meat, discarding the skin and bones, and shred the meat. Place in a bowl and set aside. 

Place the roasting pan on the stovetop over medium heat and simmer the juices until almost dry. Pour off the fat and discard. Pour the stock into the pan and deglaze, stirring to scrape up the browned bits, then simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup. Strain the reduced juices and pour over the shredded chicken. Add the parsley, thyme and sumac, and season with salt and pepper. 

Line a 10-by-3-by-3-inch terrine mold with plastic wrap. Pack the chicken mixture into the mold and press overnight in the refrigerator.

Remove the terrine from the mold and slice to the desired thickness. Drizzle with the vinaigrette (recipe below) and serve.

Chanterelle Vinaigrette

  • 1 pound chanterelle mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shallots, cut into brunoise
  • 1/3 cup Banyuls vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
To prepare the vinaigrette, in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, cook the mushrooms until soft but lightly caramelized, about 4 minutes. Let cool. 

In another sauté pan over very low heat, warm the vegetable oil. Add the shallots and sweat them until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Let cool.  

Finely chop the mushrooms and transfer to a bowl. Add the vinegar, olive oil, parsley and shallots with their oil. Season with salt and pepper.