Chicken ‘Hotch Potch’ with Star Inn Kitchen Garden Vegetables

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Preparation info

  • Main course - Serves

    four

    • Difficulty

      Medium

    • Ready in

      2 hr

Appears in

Loose Birds & Game

Loose Birds & Game

By Andrew Pern

Published 2010

  • About

A SOUPY SORT OF STEW IS THE BEST WAY, I THINK, TO DESCRIBE THIS DISH. ALL THE PIECES – BREAST, THIGH, DRUMSTICK, LIVERS – SERVED IN CONSOMMÉ-LIKE BROTH, FULL OF THE BEAUTIFUL, FRESH FLAVOURS OF OUR KITCHEN GARDEN – BEANS, BABY CARROTS, FENNEL, BAY LEAVES, ETC… A ‘HARVEST FESTIVAL’ IN A POT!

Ingredients

  • 1 large, whole free-range chicken
  • 500 ml good chicken stock
  • 1 glass fino sherry
  • 2 star anise
  • 8 baby carrots
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 bulb of fennel
  • 6 shallots, topped and tailed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 g flat parsley, chopped
  • 25 g broad beans
  • 100 g chilled butter, diced
  • a little oil for frying
  • seasoning

    Method

    Split the chicken down into breasts, legs and thighs, and liver, if you wish. Then, heat a little oil in a frying pan and seal all of the meat to a golden brown colour. Once cool, take a pad of kitchen towel and pat off all of the oil from the meat. Bring the chicken stock to the boil and add the sherry, bay leaves and star anise. Chop the fennel and carrots, then add to the stock, along with the chicken, shallots and garlic.

    Simmer for 45 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. To finish, lift out the chicken and keep warm. Then rapidly reduce down the chicken stock by two thirds to form a broth-like ‘juice’ and add a few cubes of chilled butter. Spoon the chicken and the vegetables into a bowl or plate with a decent rim. Add the broad beans and parsley to the ‘juices’, simmer for two minutes, then check the seasoning and spoon over the meat and vegetables. Serve with crusty bread and a dressed green salad. Garnish with herbs and serve immediately.