His “chicken plum soy”


My mouth just salivates thinking about this dish we had for supper last night. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall comes up trumps with this one. Juicy, crispy chicken with soft sweet plums and soy as well as the sticky juices clinging to the noodles. Heaven.

I bought his “Three good things book” as was feeling a little inspirationless and just need to add another book to my expanding library!

it took all of 5 minutes prep and hey presto a delicious recipe that can be found here or for ease….

8 bone-in, skin-on, free-range chicken thighs, or 1 small free-range chicken, jointed into 8 pieces
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1–4 red, mild-to-medium-hot chillies, to taste (optional)
4 garlic cloves, sliced
A thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and coarsely grated (optional)
8 plums, halved and stoned
3 tbsp soy sauce
A small bunch of coriander, leaves only, chopped (optional)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Put the chicken thighs in a roasting tray, trickle with the oil and season well. Roast for 30 minutes, turning once or twice.

Meanwhile, halve and deseed the chillies, then cut each into 1cm strips. After 30 minutes, take the chicken out of the oven and add the sliced chillies, garlic and ginger to the roasting tray. Turn the chicken again to make sure the aromatics are evenly distributed around and under the pieces. Roast for a further 10 minutes.

Tuck the plum halves around the chicken pieces and trickle the soy on top. If there doesn’t seem to be much liquid in the tray, add a few tablespoons of water. Return to the oven for 10–15 minutes until the plums are soft and yielding their juices.

Baste the chicken and plums with the pan juices, then leave to rest for 10 minutes. Finish with a scattering of chopped coriander, if you like. Serve with noodles or plain rice.


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