mashed potato

A classic dish of tender chicken cooked in white wine, served with mash.

Ingredients
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

mashed potato
Method
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simmer for a further two minutes.

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

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

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

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

Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

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

Source: Spar