Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Taking On Jamie - #5 - Golden Chicken with Braised Greens and Potato Gratin

 I liked this dish so much, I made it for friends that came for dinner last week
As seen above
It appears to be very rich, but really there is only 100 mls cream and 30 gms cheese

Of course it took a lot longer cooking for 9, I didn’t race the clock then
Didn't time it

But it seems when I did it for 4, the "15 minute" version
15 minutes was too hard

By the way 
This is a great way to cook chicken breasts
You know how easily they dry out
Well they were tender and moist  
 In fact I liked the method of seasoning and bashing so much,
 I carried through this prep and bread crumbed the breasts and the Children had a wonderful Chicken and Chips dinner on Tuesday
They loved it
As I don’t have any fresh herbs on hand, 
I used the tube of Rosemary Paste, 
warning this has wheat in it so not Gluten Free, so to be Gluten free use fresh herbs

Gather your ingredients

Olive Oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Large Sheet Baking paper

200 gms Frozen Peas
1 x Leek washed and sliced
200 gms Baby Spinach

4 x 120 gm  Skinless Chicken breasts
Few sprigs of fresh Rosemary or Rosemary paste
2 rashers of middle Bacon

8oo gms Potatoes  sliced
3 Onions  peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon chicken stock powder
1/2 bunch sage leaves
100 mls cream
30 gms grated parmesan

For the “15 minutes” version
Get everything ready

Kettle filled with boiling water
Oven Grill on high
Food Processor (thin slicer ) rearing to go
Medium lidded pot on high heat

Larger High sided roasting  pan on high heat
Large frying pan on high heat

Let’s go
Put the potatoes through the slicer
Throw into hot pot
Pour over boiling water from kettle
Add salt
Lid on and bring to boil, let simmer

Slice onions
Into roasting pan add 2 tablespoon olive oil
Throw in onions
Season with S & P
Tear in sage leaves
Stir regularly adding a little water if they start to catch

Lay out baking paper
Toss the chicken with S & P and rosemary
Fold the paper over and bash the chicken with a rolling pin till flattened about 1.5 cms
Cook in frying pan with 1 tablespoon oil
Turning after 3-4 minutes until golden and cooked through
Remove and set aside
Add chopped bacon and toss around till cooked

Drain potatoes which should be fork tender in colander
Add to onions in pan
Spread into a flat layer
Pour cream over
And sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top
Into oven under grill
Grill till golden about 4-5 minutes

Meanwhile in the empty potato pan
Still on high heat
Add 1 tablespoon olive oil
Throw in prepared leeks
Toss around till just tender
Add peas and spinach
Stir till spinach wilted and peas tender

Pile on platter

Place Chicken breast and bacon on top

Remove Potatoes from oven

Delicious Food

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