Chicken with Cider and Clotted Cream (3-4)

A comforting supper for the weekend from Gill Meller.

Chicken with Cider and Clotted Cream (3-4)
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Chicken with Cider and Clotted Cream (3-4)
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  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas mark 5.Season the chicken thighs all over with salt and pepper. Place a large heavy casserole or roasting dish on medium/high heat.
  2. Add the olive oil, and when it’s hot, carefully place the seasoned chicken thighs, skin side down, into the dish. Fry them for 4-5 minutes on each side or until nice and golden. Lift the chicken out of the dish onto a plate but leave the dish on the heat.
  3. Add the bacon pieces to the dish and fry for a few minutes until they are just beginning to crisp a little around the edges. Now scatter in the chopped onion and garlic along with the sage and rosemary sprigs, and stir well.
  4. Cook the onions for 4-5 minutes or until they are nice and soft, and smell lovely and sweet. Add the leeks and stir well, now nestle the chicken thighs, skin side up, back into the pan.
  5. Pour in the cider and bring to a gentle simmer. Place the dish, uncovered, into the middle of the preheated oven and cook for 45-50 minutes.
  6. Remove the dish from the oven and set it back on the stove over medium heat. Lift the chicken out onto a plate and cover it with foil while you turn your attention back to the sauce.
  7. Stir in the Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream and the mustard and bring the pan back up to a simmer. Cook, stirring once or twice until the sauce has thickened slightly and looks lovely and rich. Stir in the parsley, return the chicken to the pan, warm through and bring to the table.
  8. Serve with side dishes like celeriac and potato mash with more Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream stirred through and buttered purple sprouting broccoli.
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