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    Chicken & ham terrine

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes + 4 hours cooling time
    • Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes + 4 hours cooling time

    Serves: 6 as a starter


    8 chicken thighs, skin removed
    200g pack unsmoked bacon lardons
    3 sprigs thyme
    4 sprigs tarragon
    2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
    1 leek, washed and roughly chopped
    3 leaves gelatine, soaked in water for
    5 minutes
    3 tbsp chives, chopped
    2 tbsp parsley, chopped
    2 tsp Dijon mustard
    1 gherkin, finely chopped
    2 tbsp capers, drained
    ½ tbsp white wine vinegar
    2 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Toasted bread to serve


    1. Place the chicken, bacon, thyme, tarragon, celery and leek into a large saucepan. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Skim any foam that rises to the surface and simmer the ingredients for an hour.

    2. Pour the cooking liquid through a sieve, reserving 600ml. Pick out the chicken and ham and keep to one side. Pour the reserved liquid into a saucepan, place over a high heat and reduce the liquid by half then take off the heat. Stir the soaked gelatine through the reduced liquid until totally dissolved.

    3. When cool enough to handle, strip the chicken from the bones and tear into strips. Pick out any obvious chunks of fat from the bacon, roughly chop and add to the chicken along with the chives, parsley and season. Pour the reduced cooking liquid in with the meat and mix the whole lot together.

    4. Line a 900ml loaf tin with clingfilm and spoon in the meat mixture. Cover and place in the fridge for 4 hours.

    5. When ready, mix the Dijon mustard, gherkin, capers, vinegar and rapeseed oil. Remove the terrine from the fridge, slice up and serve with toasted bread, the dressing and a little side salad. 

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