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Chicken chasseur with mashed potato

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
From Saturday Kitchen Best Bites
A classic dish of tender chicken cooked in white wine, served with mash.


  1. For the chicken, season the chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat a large frying pan or sauté pan until hot. Add the oil and half the butter. Fry the chicken skin-side down for 1-2 minutes, or until golden-brown.

  2. Turn and fry on the other side for another 1-2 minutes, then remove from the pan.

  3. Add the remaining butter, the pancetta, carrot, mushrooms, shallots and garlic, and fry until golden-brown.

  4. Add the wine and bring to a simmer, stirring to deglaze the pan.

  5. Put the chicken back into the pan with the tomato purée and tarragon and bring to a boil.

  6. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes until the chicken is tender and the liquid slightly reduced in volume.

  7. Add the tomatoes, flatleaf parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  8. Simmer for a further two minutes.

  9. For the mash, place the potatoes into a pan of cold, salted water and bring to the boil.

  10. Reduce the heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

  11. Drain and return to the pan, then place over a low heat for one minute to dry the potatoes slightly.

  12. Mash thoroughly, then add the butter and milk and beat to form a smooth mash.

  13. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

  14. Serve each person two pieces of chicken with the sauce spooned over and a dollop of mash.


For the chicken

  • 1.5kg/3lb 5oz chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 110g/4oz butter
  • 110g/4oz pancetta, sliced into lardons
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 150g/5oz button mushrooms
  • 250g/9oz shallots, thickly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 175ml/6fl oz white wine
  • 275ml/10fl oz chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped
  • 4 tbsp flatleaf parsley, finely chopped

For the mash

  • 1kg/2lb 2oz floury potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 110g/4oz butter
  • 110ml/4fl oz full-fat milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

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