Chicken stuffed with tarragon mousse

Michael Caines serves locally reared Ark chicken in a light white wine sauce for a real taste of Devon
By Michael Caines
Chicken stuffed with tarragon mousse
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time:
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Effort: hard

Ingredients

For the tarragon mousse

  • 150 g chicken breasts
  • 150 g cream
  • large pinch finely chopped tarragon

For the chicken

  • 4 x 200 g chicken breasts
  • knob butter

For the white wine sauce

  • 25 g shallots, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 195 g cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 5 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 100 ml dry white wine
  • 500 ml chicken stock
  • 50 g cream

For the leek fondue

  • 2 large leeks, finely chopped
  • 100 g cream
  • 1 cloves garlic, crushed to a paste

For the summer vegetables

  • 200 g mixed wild mushrooms
  • knob butter
  • 12 tips of asparagus
  • 100 g broad beans, cooked like the asparagus

Method

1. For the tarragon mousse: blend the chicken with a pinch of salt in a food processor for 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl in the fridge to chill. Repeat this process twice.

2. Add 50g of the cream to the chicken mixture and pass through a fine sieve into a bowl set over ice. Stir in the remaining cream and the tarragon. Season with salt and pepper.

3. For the chicken: cut a pocket into each chicken breast lengthways and fill with the tarragon mousse. Rub the chicken breasts with butter and season with salt and pepper. Wrap up the breasts individually in microwavable cling film and put in the fridge until ready to cook.

4. For the white wine sauce: gently fry the shallots and garlic in 20g of the butter to soften without colouring. Add the thyme and bay leave a cook for a further 2 minutes.

5. Pour in the white wine and reduce the liquid away to nothing. Add the chicken stock and reduce by half then add the cream and whisk in the remaining cubes of butter. Season and keep warm for later.

6. For the leek fondue: cook the leeks in boiling salted water until tender then refresh in iced water. When cold, strain from the water and dry on a cloth.

7. Put the cream and garlic in a pan and cook until thick and reduced. Fold in 200g of the cooked leek and season with salt and pepper.

8. Heat a saucepan of water to 90°C and poach the chicken breasts in the cling film for 12-15 minutes, until cooked. Remove and leave to rest for a further 10 minutes and then remove the cling film. In a frying pan slowly colour the skin until golden and crisp in a knob of butter.

9. For the summer vegetables: fry the mushrooms in a little butter, salt and pepper. Stir into the white wine sauce.

10. Cut the asparagus tips to the same length and peel the broad beans from their papery skins. Add to the sauce and reheat.

11. Using a 6cm ring, divide the creamed leeks into the middle of each plate. Slice each chicken breast into 5 rounds and lay around the outside of the creamed leeks. Serve 3 pieces of asparagus onto each plate then spoon around the mushrooms and broad beans with the white wine sauce.

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