(recipe, Patricia Wells)
Chez Tante Paulette is one of my favorite bistros in the world. It's an authentic, old-fashioned spot on a small side street in Lyons, run by the elderly Marie-Louise Auteli, better known as Tante Paulette. Her most famous dish is chicken with garlic, and following that, fans flock to her little upstairs dining room to feast on the unusual bouillabaisse de poulet. Like its famous counterpart — which is prepared with the freshest of Mediterranean fish — this bouillabaisse is infused with onions, garlic, tomatoes, a touch of fennel, and a wave of saffron. While Madame Auteli serves hers with the classic red-pepper mayonnaise known as rouille and slices of grilled bread, I tend to prefer my chicken stew as is, with a few sips of chilled white wine, such as a white Cassis from the fishing village not far from Marseilles.
This is a wonderful dish to make when entertaining, because almost all of the prep work takes place hours before you cook it. Culinate editor's notes: Because of the long list of bulky ingredients, you will need at least two standard Dutch ovens (4 to 5 quarts each) to make this dish, not just one. You can skip the labor of blanching, peeling, coring, and seeding the four fresh tomatoes by using four whole canned tomatoes instead. And if you don't have anise-flavored liqueur on hand, replace it with a tablespoon or so of fennel and/or anise seeds and ⅓ to ½ cup dry white wine. Serve this stew with the traditional seafood-bouillabaisse accompaniment of aïoli, if you like.