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Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken

How to cook: Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken with Tomato, Pine Nut, and Basil Stuffing

Ingredients:

50g (13⁄4 oz) pine nuts

2 tbsp olive oil

4 shallots, finely chopped

2 small garlic cloves, finely chopped

50g (13⁄4 oz) breadcrumbs

handful of basil, roughly chopped

1 egg, lightly beaten

salt and freshly ground black pepper

20–24 slices of pancetta

4 skinless chicken breasts

75g (21⁄2 oz) sunblush tomatoes in oil

FOR THE SAUCE

4 sprigs of thyme

500ml (16fl oz) vermouth

100ml (31⁄2 fl oz) double cream

1 tbsp clear honey

50g (13⁄4 oz) unsalted butter

TO SERVE

300g (10oz) new potatoes

300g (10oz) baby carrots, peeled
knob of butter

2 Baby Gem lettuces, quartered
pinch of caster sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan for a few minutes until golden and set aside in a large bowl. Add 1 tbsp of the oil to the pan and, on medium heat, cook 2 of the shallots and the garlic for 5 minutes. Add to the pine nuts and then add the breadcrumbs, basil, egg, and some salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

On 4 sheets of foil, lay 5–6 pancetta slices so they are overlapping and in a rectangle slightly larger than the chicken breasts. Make a few slashes in the thickest part of each breast, and lay between 2 sheets of cling film. Use a rolling pin to bash the chicken until about 1cm (1⁄2 in) thick and then arrange over the pancetta.

Spoon the tomatoes and stuffing over the chicken in a strip along one of the shortest sides, and roll into a log shape. Wrap tightly in foil, twisting the ends to secure, then chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Place the chicken parcels on a roasting tray. Cook for 30 minutes, then unwrap the foil (reserving any juices left in the foil parcels) and cook for a further 15 minutes or until cooked.

Meanwhile, make the sauce by cooking the remaining shallots in a little olive oil with the thyme sprigs for about 3 minutes or until soft. Add the vermouth and simmer until reduced by half, then stir in the cream, honey, and any reserved juices. Reduce the sauce again by half and remove from the heat before whisking in the butter.

In separate pans, boil the potatoes and carrots in salted water until tender. Melt the butter in a frying pan, then gently braise the lettuce with a pinch of sugar and some seasoning for 5–8 minutes, until golden. Slice the chicken and serve alongside the vegetables, spooning over the sauce.

makes 4 servings

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