I made a Smothered Chicken tonight which had great elements - onions, carrots, mushrooms, a smooth sauce, and the method of cooking the chicken (searing to brown, then adding to vegetables and sauce and covering to cook for 10 minutes) rendered it perfectly tender and juicy. The only problem is that the sauce was made with the sauteed vegetables, chicken broth, fresh thyme and thickened with flour. Great consistency, but somewhat lacking in flavor. Anyone have any suggestions to punch up the flavor?
Basically, I browned the chicken, then removed to a pan. Added olive oil and sauteed onion, carrots and garlic, then added sliced mushrooms. When they began to expel their liquid, added some flour to incorporate, then added chicken broth & fresh thyme to boil. Put the chicken back in, covered and simmered for 10 minutes.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!! THANKS!