We love Herefordshire and we love our local Herefordshire cider – this really easy chicken recipe with a delicious, cider sauce. After 40 minutes in the oven, the flavours of the cider and bacon really come through.
- tsp olive oil
- 4 Springfield free range chicken legs
- 6 rashers thick-cut smoked back bacon, chopped into lardons
- 1 onion halved and sliced
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 450ml dry cider (from Herefordshire, of course)
- 1 heaped tsp dijon mustard
- 1 small savoy cabbage, shredded
- 25g butter
- small bunch of thyme
- salt and pepper
- Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a roasting tin or large casserole over a medium flame on the hob.
- Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
- Add the chicken legs and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden. Remove from the tin.
- Add the bacon and onion to the tin and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then gradually add the cider. Simmer for 2 minutes, then stir in the mustard and a a bit of seasoning for the sauce.
- Sit the chicken legs back in the roasting tin and cover with foil. Put in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
- Steam the cabbage until tender. Toss with butter and seasoning and serve with the chicken. A couple of baked potatoes in the oven and away you go.