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Baking is a healthy option to cooking this popular lean protein. Complemented with fragrant mushroom sauce and leek oil, this version is best served up hot and juicy from the oven.


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Everyone loves tender roasted chicken, especially when it’s accompanied by a delicious sauce. Here’s a tip that shows you why leek oil beautifully complements this dish.


Get a tip on why leek oil is ideal for this recipe!

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Chef’s tips & technique

  • To make the leek oil, heat vegetable oil to 60°C, blend the green part of the leek with the oil, then cool down and use to garnish. Torch the leek for a nice roasted touch and improve presentation.
  • “Burn” the shallots slightly for a nicer flavour and better look.   
  • To give your dish better presentation, use green and white mushrooms, more herbs and a black plate so the sauce and ingredients pop.
  • You can replace green leeks with spring onion.
  • For a little kick, add a dollop of mustard to the sauce.
  • Nutritional tip: You may substitute crème fraiche with low fat cream.
  • Chef Mark’s top tip: “Use chicken leg or thigh instead of other cuts like breast for the best taste and texture.”

 

FAQs

Do I need to BBQ the chicken?
No, you can roast it in the oven or pan fry it.

What if I don’t have green leeks to make the oil?
You can use parsley or spinach, or even the green part of spring onions. Alternatively, you can use spring onion oil.

Can I use my oven?
Yes, as long as you keep the oven at 120°C.

What are other types of protein I can use with mushroom sauce? 
Chicken can be swapped for a pork steak or veal cutlets.

 

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 3 whole chickens


Sauce

  • 30g vegetable oil
  • 80g finely chopped shallots
  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 250g anise mushrooms (or small white mushroom)
  • 150g shiitake
  • 100ml white wine
  • 150ml prepared Knorr Demi Glace
  • 200g crème fraiche
  • Fresh herbs – chopped tarragon


Leek oil

  • 300ml vegetable oil
  • 250g green parts of young leek


Vegetables

  • 10 pieces mini fennel
  • 15 pieces red shallots
  • 5 pieces young leek
  • 30g butter
  • 150ml chicken bouillon

 

Preparation

Chicken

  • Season the chickens and BBQ or roast
  • Remove the legs and divide the thigh from the drumstick
  • Keep the legs for the sauce/stew
  • Keep the fillets on the bone and bring to right level of doneness in the oven at 120°C


Sauce

  • Fry the shallots and garlic in vegetable oil
  • Deglaze with white wine and reduce until ¼ is left
  • Add Knorr Demi Glace and crème fraiche
  • Bring to boil and season
  • Add the chicken legs
  • Simmer until the leg meat comes off the bone
  • Take the chicken parts out of the sauce and keep warm
  • Finish the sauce with a hand blender
  • Fry the mushrooms and add them to the sauce
  • Season and add the chopped tarragon


Leek oil

  • Heat the oil to 60°C
  • Clean and cut the green of the young leek
  • Blend together and strain through a fine sieve
  • Season and cool down


Vegetable

  • Clean the fennel and blanch it, stew with some butter before serving
  • Clean the young leek, then stew in chicken bouillon with some butter
  • Half the red shallots and roast them with olive oil in a shallow pan


Assembly

  • Cut the chicken fillets from the bone and divide – ½ fillet per person
  • Place the chicken fillet on the plate
  • Put the leg part on top
  • Place the prepared vegetables around the chicken 
  • Pour the sauce with the mushroom and tarragon over the chicken
  • Garnish with the tarragon tops

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