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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Worlds Best Tasting Chicken

Farmhouse Direct's chicken is just simply wonderful. It has such a rich chicken flavour that I just couldn't bear to hide it. It was good enough to just eat on its own... but I was (eternally) hungry so... PS it costs quite a bit, but you're paying for quality so... beans on toast for me for the rest of the week!

Look how juicy that is! Oh, yeah... I quickly pan fried the chicken with just a little seasoning, then just finished it off in the oven for 10-15 mins (around 200C ish) til the juices are clear and the skewer is hot to the touch (of your lip). Leave to rest.

I made this dish two days running, and just varied the cream sauce. The sauce is made in the same frying-pan that the chicken was started in (which was transferred to a roasting tray for its stint in the oven), to which was added a little butter and lots of field mushrooms (sliced). Then I added a touch of chicken stock before the recipes diverges...

1) a drizzle of white wine vinegar, a little wholegrain mustard and the pan juices from the resting chicken.

2) sliced garlic, little bit more butter and again the pan juices.

The final ingredient was Jersey double cream (almost clotted!).


This is tonight's version (2).

I served the juicy, succulent, aromatic chicken sliced and by itself, so I could choose how much mushroom/sauce I wanted with the chicken. The sticky rice helped to soak up the sauce.

10 comments:

Cat B said...

yep that is definitely the nicest looking piece of chicken plus the creamy mushroom sauce on right??? amazing. im going to have to take out a loan before manchester foodie adventures part 1 because that chicken will be the star of the menu methinks!!! as long as you promise to do all the cooking of course ;)

Ivonne said...

Nice chicken.

Love the sauce!

Where are the bagels???

Nazca said...

Cat, So if I'm doing the cooking you're doing the paying? ;-D

Cream P, Nice? NICE?! It's extraordinary, that's what it is! :-D

The Cooking Ninja said...

The chicken sure looks delicious. Next time you can try cooking your rice with chicken stock, a bit of ginger and lemon grass bruised. :)

Nazca said...

Ninja, good tip. I usually just use cardamom and salt. Or tumeric... or safron. This time I wanted it plain because I wanted nothing to touch the chicken...

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Where's the beef? I mean bagels...
Chicken looks good.

Nazca said...

No bagels I'm afraid. I'm on a strict regime of laziness followed by rest.

I told the sponsors I'm not playing. I'm just not a bagel fan.

Mona said...

naz, aren't you supposed to be in bed? it's a school night. thanks for visiting my site. took me long enough to update, right? this chicken does look fab, even if you did pay a pretty penny for it. no money no honey!!! :) hope you're doing well.

Mona said...

p.s. i'm so glad we made you get a camera, aren't you?? your pix are awesome, and it's that much easier for me to picture myself at your dinner table:)

Nazca said...

Mona, yeah, the camera was a must really. I just can't describe how my meals taste as well as a picture. Let me know when you're over here and I'd set a place at my table for you :-) And vice-versa I hope to! :-)