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Pink Champagne Chicken in Mixed Mushroom Sauce

This recipe for Pink Champagne Chicken in Mixed Mushroom Sauce has been reproduced courtesy of Great British Chicken

At the heart of the Great British Chicken message is a passion for the importance of buying British chicken as it assures the consumer of a certain standard whilst supporting UK produce. Its remit is to educate British consumers about the benefits of buying British chicken and how to identify it as such by looking for the Red Tractor and Union Jack on packs oc chicken or by asking their butcher. Great British Chicken wants people to be able to make an informed choice about the chicken they buy.

Chicken is the UK's favourite meat - it accounts for 43% of all the meat we eat in this country. This should come as no surprise: not only is chicken tasty, versatile and easy to prepare but it is also higher in protein and lower in fat than red meat, making it a nutritious, healthy choice that will tempt the whole family's tastebuds.

Sally Gunnell and familySporting legend Sally Gunnell, who still holds the 400m hurdles world record, is a big fan of British chicken.

“As an athlete, it was essential to eat lots of fresh, good quality, nutritious foods and chicken was one of my staple ingredients. Not only is it lower in fat than red meat, it’s also higher in protein – which gives you energy.

“I’m not competing anymore – apart for fun – but I’ve maintained these healthy eating habits throughout my life and try to feed my husband and three young sons a balanced, nourishing diet.”

As a parent, and the daughter of a poultry farmer, Sally is passionate about knowing where her meat comes from, and supports local producers wherever possible.

“We eat chicken at least three times a week, and only British will do. I ask my butcher, or if I'm in the supermarket I always look for the Red Tractor and Union Jack. That way I know the chicken was produced to high standards and can be traced back to the British farm it cam from."

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Choose chicken with the Red Tractor and Union Jack on pack and you'll know it was produced to high standards and can be traced back to the independently-checked British farm it came from. Or ask your butcher if it's British.

This is perfect for a special occasion. Use either champagne or a good quality sparkling wine such as Cava. Use a selection of mushrooms such as shitake, oyster or chestnut.

Ingredients for Pink Champagne Chicken

2 x British chicken skinless breast fillets
300ml pink champagne
1 tsp olive oil
200g mushroom selection, cleaned, with any large mushrooms halved
2 tbsp double cream
1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pink Champagne Chicken in Mixed Mushroom SauceHow to make Pink Champagne Chicken

  • Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in a large saucepan.
    Pour over the champagne or sparkling wine and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer gently for 15 - 20 minutes, until the chicken breasts are thoroughly cooked. If using pink champagne this will give your chicken a pink hue.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the mushrooms for 2 - 3 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden.
  • Strain the chicken breasts, reserving the liquor, and keep warm. Add the reserved liquor to the mushrooms and simmer for 3 - 4 minutes. Reduce the heat and stir in the cream and tarragon. Simmer gently for 2 minutes, until the sauce has thickened slightly. Season to taste.
  • To serve, halve the chicken breasts and pour over the mushroom sauce. Serve with baby courgettes and roasted new potatoes.

Serves 2

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