Poached Chicken
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Glamorous Glutton:
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Silesian inspired
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 courgette
  • 10 g butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 75mls white wine, this can be left out if you prefer
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 sprigs tarragon, leaves removed and finely chopped
  • Bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • 1.5kg whole chicken
  • 200g soup noodles or Orzo pasta
  1. Chop all the vegetables into a fine dice
  2. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a large pan over a moderate heat, remember you're adding a large volume of water to this as well as a whole chicken and it all needs to fit.
  3. Add the onions first and cook until translucent, don't let them brown, then add the remainder of the vegetables and the garlic.
  4. Keep stirring from time to time but allow to caramelise slightly.
  5. Now add the white wine stirring vigorously and allow the alcohol to cook off about 3 mins.
  6. Add the herbs, salt and 2½ litres of water to the pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 mins
  7. Reduce the heat to a simmer and place the chicken in the water breast side down and simmer with the lid on for 20 mins.
  8. Turn the chicken, breast side up and simmer for a further 10 mins with the lid on.
  9. Turn the chicken, breast side down again and replace the lid. Turn off the heat and leave in the poaching liquid until the liquid has cooled.
  10. Once cooled take the meat from the bones and use in a variety of ways. I always add some, shredded, to my chicken soup.
  11. Bring the liquid back to a boil and add the noodles or Orzo and cook according to the packet instructions.
  12. Place some shredded chicken in each bowl and pour over the soup and pasta, sprinkle with a little more parsley, if you want to and enjoy.
  13. There will be plenty of chicken left over to enjoy in another dish.
Recipe by Glamorous Glutton.com at https://www.glamorousglutton.com/poached-chicken-at-the-barossa-farmers-market/