Spring chicken legs recipe

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 1 hour 5 mins to cook
  • 661 calories / serving
  • Freezable
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This recipe requires you to make a fragrant bouquet garni, so make sure you have some string handy so that you can tie your fresh herbs together. Slowly stewing the chicken on the bone makes it tender and juicy, and the added new potatoes and leeks pack this dish full of flavour.

Heat the oil in a large casserole, add the chicken legs, cover with a lid and fry for 5 minutes. Turn legs, and fry for another 5 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the shallots, leeks and new potatoes to the pan and fry for 5 minutes until golden. Return the chicken to the pan with the cider, stock and bouquet garni (see Tip). Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 45 minutes, until the chicken is completely cooked and the juices run clear.

Stir through the cream and peas and cook for a further 5 minutes before serving.

Tip: To make a bouquet garni, tie a small bundle of fresh parsley, thyme and a bay leaf together with string. This keeps the herbs together while cooking and makes it easy to remove before serving.

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  • Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken legs
  • 300g (10oz) shallots
  • 2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
  • 750g (1 1/2lb) new potatoes, halved
  • 500ml (17 fl oz) cider
  • 200ml (1/3 pint) chicken stock
  • 100ml (3 1/2fl oz) double cream
  • 150g (5oz) frozen peas
  • For the bouquet garni

  • half celery stalk
  • fresh parsley, few sprigs
  • fresh thyme, few sprigs
  • small bunch of bay leaves
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  • Energy 2763kj 661kcal 33%
  • Fat 36.2g 52%
  • Saturates 14.1g 71%
  • Sugars 11.6g 13%
  • Salt 0.8g 13%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 42.5g Protein 35.5g Fibre 8.8g

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