This time the foodie (11) decided he wanted to have a go at re-creating one of his favourite dishes – Hunter’s Chicken with Potato Wedges. Naturally it was touch and go whether the Fussy Eater (8) could be duped into eating this and an alternative was needed for the Pescatarian (age withheld).
Hunter’s Chicken originates from the Italian dish Cacciatore but this version has little to do with that rustic creation – in fact this recipe is more akin to the kind of thing you’d find in the local gastropub.
- 4 Chicken breasts, skin on (the more expensive the better – it wont end up dry and chewy)
- 12 Rashers smoked back bacon
- Smoked cheddar cheese
- Tomato ketchup
- Cider vinegar
- White wine
- Tabasco sauce (magic ingredient)
- Worcestershire sauce
- Mustard powder
- Brown sugar (how come you taste so good?)
- Smoked paprika
- Garlic clove
- Baking potatoes
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Dried mixed herbs
Naturally any interest a child shows in anything over and above the Playstation is to be encouraged. So to ensure the preparation of this dish was enjoyed I tried to remain in the background, restricting myself to helpful comments about how to chop up garlic without removing a finger and things like that.
First the sauce – put all the ingredients in a saucepan.
I’m too nice to let him taste it
Then turn the heat to low and simmer so it starts to thicken up.
Meanwhile prepare your chicken. Slice each portion down the side and put a piece of cheese in the opening. Then wrap three bacon rashers around it and place skin side up in a tray.
Then pop in the oven (cover for the first 10 minutes). Get your potatoes ready, cutting them into wedges and then mixing in a big bowl with seasoning and oil:
Wine make that Pepsi Max
Now put them in a tray and put in the oven. At the same time get the chicken out and using a pastry brush baste the chicken with your superb BBQ sauce.
Put a slice of cheese on top and put back in the oven to finish cooking. Get the potatoes out – they should look like this:
Now plate it up. Carefully cut into the chicken and then pour more delicious sauce all over it! Serve with a leafy salad (yeah right)
The Fussy Eater did have one bite. Then sulked because there were unidentified ‘bits’ in the sauce so the Pescatarian shared half her vegetarian cheeseburger with him. Next week I will make him a pistachio and tomato skin pie – yum!)