Game Breast with Papaya

Mike Robinson gives us glorious game, tenderised with the natural enzymes in papaya, then slow cooked to perfection in a light chicken broth
By Mike Robinson
Game Breast with Papaya
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 2 hrs marinating
  • Effort: easy



  • 4 partridge, pheasant or guinea fowl breasts
  • ½ papaya, cubed
  • handful of mixed fresh herbs, finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 rashers of streaky bacon, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery
  • 300 ml chicken stock


1. Lay the breasts in a shallow dish and scatter over the papaya and herbs. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and leave to marinate in a cool place for at least 1-2 hours.

2. When you are ready to cook the breasts, set the oven to 170°C/gas 3. Heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Remove the breasts from the marinade and fry the breasts for 1 minute on each side. Lift them out and transfer to an ovenproof casserole dish.

3. Add the bacon to the pan, together with the carrot, onion and celery. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then spoon the mixture over the breasts in the casserole dish.

4. Pour over the chicken stock, cover the dish and transfer to the oven. Cook for 1 hour. Serve with fried spinach and roast potatoes.

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