Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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The Hairy Bikers have become something of a national treasure in England. They're a pair of self-described "big-hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food," that have featured on numerous BBC specials. In fact, they're the UK's most popular food writing duo, and for good reason. They make delicious food that's generally relatively easy to make for the average home cook. Today, we're taking a crack at our own version of the Hairy Bikers' Somerset chicken.
Hairy Bikers Somerset chicken makes use of a few simple ingredients (like apples, sage, and mushrooms) to create a creamy, fruity, and earthy bite of heaven.
And don't worry - there won't be any of the faff and filler present in most recipes. That means no fictional famous relative's recipe and no 800-word story preceding the article, just the things you need to know.
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As with all recipes here, we start with the mise en place . A simple French term that litreally translates to "everything in its place," this mindset will keep your kitchen running smoothly, regardless of the dish you're making. In short, it means that preparing everything before beginning the recipe will keep you happy and quick on your feet. It also allows you a bit of breathing room between steps, which is always appreciated. Now - onto the ingredients!
To make this Somerset chicken, you'll need:
This is a very easy recipe that just takes a bit of time to complete. But it feels a bit basic, doesn't it? If you want easy - this is a good go-to. But if you're trying to spice up an otherwise normal (though still tasty) dish, keep reading. We've got a few twists coming that should make this all the better.
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Okay, now this twist requires a bit of work and, in essence, another second meal. I highl y recommend serving this the day after completing our twist - which will make sense in a moment.
Essentially what we're doing is making a seasonal mushroom and sweet onion soup to serve as a replacement for the sauce. It's almost a cream of mushroom and onion soup while adding a bit of kick to things.
Now, here's what you'll need:
Now - onto the recipe!
Serve with toasted cheesy bread, baked potatoes, or as-is. Garnish with fresh thyme and parsley.
When combining this with the Somerset chicken, only a few modifications are needed.
Instead of performing steps 5-8 of the Somerset recipe, sautee2 sweet onions and the apple pieces in the same manner. Add 50 mL each of chicken stock and dry apple cider, simmer, and combine with heated soup from the night before. Continue the recipe as normal. If you find that the soup is too thick, add 1 tbsp of flour, cooking until the raw flour smell has dissipated. Repeat to thicken further.
If the soup is too thick (even with the added liquid), slowly add chicken stock until desired consistency is reached.
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The Hairy Bikers' Somerset chicken is a simple, classic English masterpiece. If you're looking to further enhance it and get a bit of wow factor, though, our twist is sure to impress. The homemade soup in place of basic stock adds a real depth of flavour that you otherwise just couldn't get. Making use of a good, dry alcoholic apple cider makes it resemble a good french onion or cream of mushroom soup while keeping that familiar tartness that we know and love from the apples.
The addition of egg yolk to the soup makes for a thicker, richer, and more luxurious mouthfeel that really can't be rivalled. And finally, the chilli powder and paprika give both a smoky flavour and slight heat that really works well with the chicken. Overall, this is one of my favourite meals for a good, crisp autumn night that's easy and give multiple meals!
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