So If you look on my bookshelf I have most of this wonderful chef’s books – he is a bit of a food hero to me.
This is one of my fav simple things to cook, it’s easy, great for a Saturday night and is delicious with a large, cold bottle of white Reisling!
Saffron chicken and herb salad
1/2 tsp saffron threads
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
about 300ml water
1kg skinless chicken breast
4 tbsp olive oil
2 small fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
15g picked coriander leaves
15g picked basil leaves, torn
15 picked mint leaves, torn
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 red chilli, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200°c/180°c fan/gas mark 6.
Trim and discard 1cm off the top and tail of the orange and cut it into 12 wedges, keeping the skin on. remove any pips.
Place the wedges in a small saucepan with the honey, saffron, vinegar and just enough water to cover the orange wedges. bring to the boil and simmer gently for about an hour. at the end you should be left with soft orange and about 3 tablespoons of thick syrup; add water during the cooking if the liquid gets very low. use a food processor to blitz the orange and syrup into a smooth, runny paste; again, add a little water if needed.
Mix the chicken breast with half the olive oil and plenty of salt and pepper, and place on a very hot, ridged griddle pan. sear for about 2 minutes on each side to get clear char marks all over. transfer to a roasting tin and place in the oven for 15–20 minutes, or until just cooked.
Once the chicken is cool enough to handle but still warm, tear it with your hands into rough and quite large pieces. place in a large mixing bowl, pour over half the orange paste and stir well. (the other half you can keep in the fridge for a few days and would make a good addition for herb salsa to serve with oily fish such as mackerel or salmon.)
Add the remaining ingredients to the salad, including the rest of the olive oil, and toss gently. taste, add salt and pepper and, if needed, some more olive oil
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