Memphis Chicken with Coleslaw and a Potato Stack

Enjoy Mike Leaman's tasty American-style chicken dish, served with a cheesy potato stack and crunchy coleslaw
Memphis Chicken with Coleslaw and a Potato Stack
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes plus 2-4 hrs marinating
  • Effort: easy



  • 6 chicken breast fillets
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp demerara sugar
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • black pepper
  • 4 onions, chopped

For the coleslaw:

  • 1/2 white cabbage, grated
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 apple
  • 100 g raisins, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes then drained
  • 4-6 tbsp mayonnaise
  • black pepper

For the potato stack:

  • 1 kilo of new potatoes, par-boiled and finely sliced
  • 6 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 200 g mozzarella, drained and diced
  • black pepper

For the barbecue sauce:

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 50 g demerara sugar
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup


1. In a large bowl mix together the chicken fillets, smoked paprika, sugar, mixed herbs, garlic, wine vinegar and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, Cover and marinate in the fridge for 2-4 hours.

2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6. First make the potato stack. Layer the par-boiled potato slices in a well-buttered 20cm spring-form cake tin, alternating with tablespoons of crème fraiche and a sprinkling of mozzarella. Finish with a layer of mozzarella. Season the layers generously as you go with salt and freshly ground pepper.

3. Bake the potato stack for 30-40 minutes, until golden-brown. Meanwhile, toss the chopped onion with the remaining olive oil. Spread the onion in a roasting tray and roast in the oven on a shelf above the potato stack for 15 minutes, stirring now and then. Add the marinated chicken breasts and roast for 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

4. Meanwhile, make the barbecue sauce. In a small, non-stick saucepan mix together the onion, garlic, sugar, vinegar, paprika and ketchup. Cook gently, stirring often, for 10 minutes until thickened and fragrant.

5. Make the coleslaw by mixing together the cabbage, carrot, apple, raisins and mayonnaise. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

6. Serve the chicken with the barbecue sauce, a dollop of coleslaw and a slice of the potato stack.

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