Recipe and Wine Match

As well as the magnificent Chateau Beaucastel and acres of stunning vineyards, the Perrin Family also owns the highly revered restaurant, l’Oustalet. Located in the town of Gigondas, l’Oustalet prides itself on its cuisine and wines from the Rhone, as well as other French delicacies.

Head Chef of the restaurant, Laurent Deconinck, has put together a stunning recipe which we are pleased to share with you here.

It’s the perfect excuse to invite your mates round, crack open a bottle (or two) and cook up a storm!!


Chicken cooked on 40 cloves of garlic

For 6 people

  • 6 Free range Chicken legs with their skin
  • 4 big onions, thinly sliced
  • 40 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 20cl of Olive oil
  • 1 pinch of Thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 300gr of black olives
  1. In a thick based oven proof frying pan or casserole, fry in a little olive oil the chicken legs on both sides until the skin is golden.
  2. Remove the chicken legs and off the heat add the garlic cloves and cover with the onions.  Add a pinch of salt and Thyme.
  3. Place the chicken legs on the bed of onions, skin facing up.
  4. Pour the remaining olive oil over the dish so that the garlic cloves are bathing in the olive oil.
  5. Place the dish in a 220C (430F) preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken legs from the dish.
  7. The onions and the garlic should be caramelised.  Using a sieve, drain the oil out of the onions and garlic, return them to the casserole and fry on a high heat for a couple of minutes, add the olives and replace the chicken on top.
  8. It’s ready!  You can serve this with mashed potato using the leftover oil used for cooking the onions.


 Wine Match

We’re sure that, when ready, your Virtual Winemaker wine will make a perfect match, but, for now, let us recommend…

Famille Perrin Cotes du Ventoux 2012


This wine is a skilful blend of such grapes as Grenache and Syrah, which find full expression on the elevations of Mont Ventoux. It has both a lovely lifted aspect and a purity from the site’s altitude and a more decadent side, a Mediterranean sun-drenched streak, that gives it a lovely density and charm. Together this combination creates harmony and balance in a wine that has very strong echoes of its more illustrious neighbour, Chateauneuf du Pape, in the glass.  Famille Perrin Cotes du Ventoux will make a perfect match for this authentic French style recipe which features poultry, garlic cloves and some black olives to give a Mediterranean touch.




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  1. Stewart Smith


    Superb, I'll be making this some time soon. I think I've got a bottle of Ventoux to go with it.

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