Prosciutto chicken

This is a great recipe to have up your sleeve as it’s really simple to make and the ingredients are things you’ll probably always have in the fridge. It’s also a really simple way to make chicken a bit more exciting. We have this with new potatoes that have been crushed up and mixed with a little olive oil, mint and chives.

2 chicken breasts
40g sliced gruyere cheese
75g prosciutto

Cut the chicken breasts to make a pocket and divide the cheese into the pocket.
Wrap the prosciutto around the chicken.
Wrap the chicken in cling film.
Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
Fry in butter for 2 mins on each side to seal the prosciutto.
Cook in oven on 200°c for 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked.

– Fi

Chicken, Leek & Tarragon Pie

Another recipe passed on to us from a friend, this dish makes a lovely change from the usual chicken and ham pie. This pie does take a bit of effort to make but it’s totally worth it as it’s absolutely delicious. Simply perfect for the upcoming winter months. We often have it with roasted and sweet potatoes but it would be just as good with mash to soak up the sauce!

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75ml dry white wine
200ml chicken stock
1 clove of crushed garlic
1 bay leaf
2 medium leeks (trimmed and sliced 1cm thick)
400g boneless skinless chicken thighs
25g butter
2tbsp plain flour
100ml double cream
3 sprigs tarragon
1tsp Dijon mustard
2 handfuls grated cheese
200g puff pastry
1 egg beaten

Place wine, stock, bay leaf and garlic in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
Add leeks and chicken on top
Return to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes (or until chicken is cooked)
Set liquid aside.
Remove leeks and chicken to cool.
Tear chicken.
Melt butter, sprinkle flour and stir for 2 minutes until bubbling.
Remove from heat.
With a whisk, beat in cooking liquid a splash at a time, incorporating all before adding more.
Stir in cream and return to the heat. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring often until sauce thickens.
Add chicken, leeks,tarragon, mustard and cheddar cheese.
Season and stir.
Tip into pie dish (20x15cm).
Leave to cool.
Roll pastry to 1/2cm thick and 3cm longer and wider than the dish.
Lay pastry on the top and poke 2 holes in to release the steam.
Chill in fridge for 20 minutes.
Brush pastry with the egg.
Bake for 20-25 minutes on 200°c/400°f/Gas Mark 6, until golden

-Fi