Skin the chicken and then rub it inside and out with the lemon. Choose a
pot (ovenproof) just large enough for the chicken to fit in snuggly with not
more than an inch or two of space all around. The pot should have a tight fitting
lid. Place the pot over medium frying heat. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in pot.
Bbrown chicken on all sides.
Heat the Calvados in a separate saucepan until it is just hot to the touch
(if it gets anywhere near boiling the alcohol evaporates). Turn the heat full
on under the chicken. Pour in the Calvados and light. Be careful of the flames.
Shake the pot to encourage the flames. As soon as the flames die down, clamp
on the lid and turn down to simmer. Let the chicken absorb the brandy for 10
Meanwhile, cut the mushrooms lengthwise and sauté in 3 tablespoons of butter
until just soft.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. After chicken has simmered for 10 minutes, add
mushrooms. Turn up heat for a few seconds, then re-cover and turn off heat.
Set pot in oven and cook until thicken is tender, about 50 minutes. If there
is any doubt about the tightness of the lid, seal the pot with a paste of flour
Meanwhile, prepare the apple rings which traditionally accompanies this
About 10 minutes before serving, prepare the following cream sauce. Separate
the eggs. Throw away the whites. With a wire whisk beat 3/4 cup cream into the
egg yolks. When the chicken is done, turn the oven down to 150 degrees F.
Lift chicken onto platter and surround with apple rings.
Lift out mushrooms with a slotted spoon and sprinkle around chicken. Set
in the oven to keep warm.
Add a little of the pot juices to the egg cream mixture and then turn back
into the pot, blend and turn on gentle heat, still beating, until sauce warms
up and thickens to the consistency of heavy cream. If it gets too thick, add
more cream. Taste, adjust seasoning if necessary, then pour over the chicken
and serve at once.