Somerset Chicken, is a creamy chicken recipe with a taste of Somerset, South West England, famous for its apples and cider. It’s a recipe suggestion from ‘The Hairy Bikers’ who call it comfort food at its finest. The Hairy Bikers are “David Myers and Simon King, two northern blokes with a passion for cooking and food.”
For instance, many diabetics, and those who live the LCHF or Keto lifestyle, do not include potatoes in their menu plans and this recipe suggestion does include potatoes!
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6 boneless chicken breasts, skin on
salt and freshly ground black pepper
75g/2½oz butter, plus extra to serve
3 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, peeled, sliced
4 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
2 dessert apples, peeled, cores removed, sliced into batons
110g/4oz button mushrooms, sliced
250ml/9fl oz chicken stock
300ml/10½fl oz cider
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage
250ml/9fl oz double cream
300g/10½oz cheddar, grated
6 baked potatoes, to serve
butter, to serve
2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
3. Heat a large frying pan until smoking, then add half of the butter and oil. Fry the chicken breasts in batches, skin-side down first, for 1-2 minutes on both sides, or until golden-brown all over.
4. Transfer the chicken breast to a deep-sided roasting tray and roast in the oven for 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (NB: the chicken is cooked through when the juices run clear when the thickest part is pierced with a skewer.) Keep warm.
5. Return the pan to the heat and add the remaining butter and oil. Add the onions and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until softened but not coloured. Stir in the flour and the mustard and cook for a further 1-2 minutes. Add the apples and mushrooms and cook for a further minute, then pour over the chicken stock.
6. Bring to the boil, then add the cider and return to the boil. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then lower the heat, add the sage and stir in the cream. Simmer for a further 5-6 minutes, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
7. Pour the sauce over the chicken so that it is completely covered.
8. Preheat the grill to high.
9. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the chicken and place under the grill for 4-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, golden-brown and bubbling.
10. To serve, place a baked potato topped with a knob of butter on each serving plate. Spoon the chicken alongside and serve.
Other Hairy Biker Recipes
Celeriac and Apple Soup with Bacon and Parsley – see here
Panhaggerty, it’s a one-pot wonder – see here
All the best Jan