Well over a month ago now, the Friends of DRCS Fundraising committee hosted a charity lunch for 120, and the dish we prepared was this. Fairly labour intensive for 120, as you can imagine, it should be a doddle for 4 or 8 or even 12. It really is delicious and we received so many compliments at the time and later that I thought I’d share it with you all here. We recently had some friends over for a joint summer birthday celebration, in theory for a barbecue but because the weather outlook was dismal we changed plans and had a cosy meal indoors, enjoying a summery Jubilee Chicken and salad. It is going to prove a good standby!
Jubilee Chicken Quantity to serve 4
4 chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
2tbsp olive oil
1 lime quartered, bunch of flat leaf parsley and grated nutmeg
Half lime juiced and zest grated
3cm fresh root ginger peeled and grated
1 clove crushed garlic
1 shallot chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
3 floz/ 100ml crème fraiche
6 tbsp mayonnaise
Half lime, juice, zest grated
5cms piece fresh root ginger
Mix marinade in shallow dish. Add chicken and coat thoroughly. Refrigerate, covered for 2-3 hrs
Mix dressing. Place crème fraiche, mayo, lime juice and zest in a bowl. Peel and grate the ginger then twist in a piece of muslin or press through a sieve to extract juice. Add 2 tsp of juice to dressing. Stir and cover and chill.
Scrape marinade from chicken, season, drizzle with olive oil and roast in preheated oven 190 c/375f for 25 mins, basting occasionally. Leave to cool completely then cut into bite size pieces and cover with dressing.
It really is delicious. I am sure one could think of all sorts of variations including adding apricots or mango or even grapes and perhaps a hint of curry, using a good quality paste. I’d welcome any suggestions!
Douglas’s Barn is available to book for short breaks 3 or 4 nights between 2 and 20 May 2016. Bookings usually start on a Monday or a Friday but if you want a break that starts on a different day get in touch. We are very flexible with bookings.
There are some new attractions added to the list of treats available with the Premier Cottages special privileges card. Amongst them are Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall Gardens (new discounts), Hassop Station Cafe, Village Green Cafe Eyam, Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Hartington Cheese Shop.
There are still a few free dates at the end of March/April in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Short breaks, 3 or 4 nights, which are not normally available are on offer. Please look at availability and give me a call or book on line.