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Chicken Bouillabaisse

This recipe for Chicken Bouillabaisse 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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Love chicken . . . buy British
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 French dish has always proved to be a winner and with a new, British twist, this is the perfect choice for simple, yet classy dining.

Ingredients for Chicken Bouillabaisse

4 British chicken legs
Salt and black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, sliced
1 sprig fresh thyme
Half small red chilli
150ml / 1/4pint dry white wine
2 cloves garlic, chopped
A pinch of saffron
1 small baguette, sliced
2 cloves garlic
1 egg yolk
Juice of 1/2 lime
150ml / 1/4 pt mild olive oil
600 ml / 1pt chicken stock
6 tomatoes, skinned and deseeded

How to make Chicken Bouillabaisse

  • Chicken BouillabaisseSeason chicken legs with salt and pepper and, if time allows, leave covered for 24 hours in the fridge. When ready to cook, wipe the chicken and trim any excess flesh from the chicken legs.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy based pan and add the chicken skin side down and cook for about 6 minutes until coloured. Remove the chicken and put to one side.
  • Add the onion to the pan, reduce the heat and slowly stew the onions, stirring frequently to keep them from colouring.
  • Add the white wine and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the thyme, garlic, saffron, chicken stock and chilli.
  • Bring to a simmer and return the chicken to the pan. Skim off any scum that appears on the surface and simmer for 35 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for 10 - 15 minutes until chicken is well cooked. Check the seasoning.
  • Meanwhile, pound the garlic in a mortar, add the egg yolk and stir in the olive oil slowly and in a steady stream. Season and add lime juice.

To serve:

Toast the bread slices and put into a soup plate. Add a spoonful of garlic sauce to the top of the bread, and place the chicken leg on top. Pour the sauce over and around. The remaining garlic sauce can be served separately.

Serves 4

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