Coronation chicken and adolescent hens


This was topical a week ago, but I’ve been rather over-stretched. Amongst other things, the horses flooded their barn (our mare enjoys turning on taps with her nose), and one of the hens is in the midst of a phanton pregnancy. Actually our mare’s passion for taps might be a blessing in disguise.  The flooding reached the hens’ nest which meant that the phantom nester had to abandon ship (not without much cussing) and go back to being a hen that struts around (with wet feet!), as opposed to a hen that skulks in bed, hissing at anyone that approaches and only getting up once a day for food. This, I assume is the hen equivalent of a ‘fags and booze run’. Thinking about it, maybe she’s just hit adolescence and it’s not a phantom pregnancy at all…

This coronation chicken is made with Greek yoghurt as opposed to mayonaise, which makes it a healthier option, without sacrificing any of the creamy taste or texture.

Ingredients (serves four)

4 chicken breasts

1 glass red wine

butter

bay leaves

2 greek yoghurts

2 tablespoons mango chutney

1 shallot

2 cloves garlic

fresh grated ginger

chopped cucumber

seasoning (salt, pepper, curry powder, cumin)

half a cup of sultanas

half a cup of chopped almonds

fresh mint

Poach the chicken breasts in the wine, a little water and melted butter (there should be enough liquid to just cover them), seasoning and bay leaves. Strain and put aside to cool.

Mix the yoghurt, mango chutney, chopped shallots, crushed garlic, grated ginger, seasoning (plenty of curry powder), sultanas, almonds and chopped cucumber and add the cooled poached chicken. Mix well and then chill for at least two hours. Add the fresh mint and serve.

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2 responses to “Coronation chicken and adolescent hens

  1. Terrific read, I recently hadned this onto a colleague who has been conducting a little investigation on that. And she actually bought me dinner since I stumbled upon it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  2. Glad to be of service Daniel 😉

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