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    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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