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Chicken parcels cooked in vermouth with carrots, leek and fennel

Chicken parcels are beautiful pieces of chicken breast wrapped in bacon and filled with sausage meat, in France they are called "paupiettes" and are traditionally filled with veal. You should be able to get them from your local butcher. They are really delicious, and at this time of year I think they would make the perfect party dish to share with friends. The stuffing makes the chicken really juicy, so here you have it my chicken parcels cooked in vermouth with carrots, leek and fennel.

Ingredients:

4 chicken parcels ( I get mine from my local butcher)

One leek chopped

One carrot chopped

One fennel chopped

3 cloves of garlic

Fresh thyme

Fresh parsley

80 ml of vermouth

600 ml of boiling water

2 TBSP of tomato puree

Method:

In a pan, add 2 TBSP of olive oil and start by gently browning your parcels on both sides, once they are brown take them out of the pan and add your leek and the thyme, once the leek has softened add the garlic, the carrot and the fennel, stir for 2 minutes. Then add your vermouth, let the alcohol evaporate and then add 2 TBSP of tomato puree and 600 ml of boiling water, stir. Put your parcels back in the pan, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 2 hours on your stove. Add freshly chopped parsley before serving. I have mine with polenta, but mashed potatoes works just as well. Et voilà,

If you live in Cambridge, you can get your chicken parcels from Longhorn farmshop or Leech and Sons

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x