Drunken lunch

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imageIThis is one of my failsafe recipes; its so stress free, just a bit of prep then chuck it all in the oven as your guests arrive. You have time for prosecco and a starter before you take it out of the oven and serve.

I lost the page I’d ripped from a magazine – but luckily I found it word for word on someone’s blog.  I think it was originally a Sunday Times of London recipe

1.6kg whole chicken

4 cloves garlic, crushed

½ cup brandy

¼ cup olive oil

50g butter

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic extra, sliced

30g mixed dried mushrooms, rehydrated in 1 cup boiling water

500g fresh swiss brown mushrooms

1 cup pearl barley

½ cup dry white wine

1½ cups chicken stock


Place chicken, garlic, brandy, oil and salt & pepper in a bowl and toss to coat. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to marinate.

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Secure chicken legs with kitchen string. Heat a large non-stick fry pan over high heat and cook the chicken, breast side down, for 5 minutes or until golden. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside. Melt the butter in the pan and add the onion, garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until onion has softened.

Strain the dried mushrooms, reserving the liquid. Add the drained mushrooms to the pan with the fresh mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the barley and wine and cook for a further minute until the wine is absorbed. Add the reserved mushroom liquid and stock and stir to combine.

Transfer contents of fry pan to a baking dish and top with the chicken. Cover with foil and roast for 55 minutes. Remove the foil and roast for a further 10 – 15 minutes or until the chicken is golden and cooked through. Serve with the mushroom and pearl barley.

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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