Poached Chicken

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Serves 4, and the left-overs feed Tequila-the-cat as well.

This was ascribed to England because Nigel Slater enthused about the economics and flavours. But I suspect this is a universal recipe.

Ingredients

2.5 kg
whole chicken
a few
chicken wings
6
shallots
2
leeks
2 sticks
celery
2
tomatoes
10
FAIRTRADE whole black peppercorns
4
FAIRTRADE bay leaves
A few sprigs of
fresh parsley
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Method

Pop the chicken in a large skillet and arrange the chicken wings around the pan.

Top and tail and chop the leeks into 3 cm pieces.

Top tail and peel the shallots.

Add the vegetables and aromatics

Cover with water and bring to the boil.

Skim off any scum that forms

Simmer very gently for 75 minutes

Let the chicken rest covered with foil for a few minutes while you make the gravy.

To serve

First meal:

Serve slices from the breast with boiled or roast potatoes and green veg or carrots.

[Note: If serving with roast potatoes, use the oven at gas mark 6 (200 °C; 400 °F) or 7 and put the potatoes at the top].

Second meal:

Chunks of chicken in Nun's Salad, or Nasi Goreng, etc.

Variation

The variations are in the "go with its",