Chicken Meat (1)
Tarragon sprig (3)
Wine, dry white
Heavy Cream (4)
Prep - (25 min)
Run - (1-1/2 hrs - 20 min work)
- IF using whole CHICKENS wash them, remove the
stuff packed inside and excessive fat. Put them side by side in a heavy
IF using whole joints, such as thighs, cut them
into convenient serving pieces. A razor sharp Chinese cleaver
knife and soft faced mallet are perfect for this.
IF using just meat (my recommendation), cut it into largish
bite size pieces. Use chicken broth in place of half the water if
- Peel CARROTS and cut into thick slices. Peel TURNIPS
and dice them about 1/2 inch on a side. Trim Leeks, keeping
only the white and light green. Split them in half and rinse out sand,
then slice crosswise about 1/2 inch wide. For
details see our Leeks page.
Chop ONION coarse. Toss all these into the pot with the Chicken.
- Toss in the PARSLEY and TARAGON sprigs along with the
Cloves, Wine and enough cold Water to cover
Finish - (8+ hrs - 35 min work)
- Bring to a boil, skimming off any scum that comes to the surface.
Season with Salt and Pepper. Simmer slowly for about
50 minutes for whole chickens or bone-in joints, a bit less for just
meat. Let cool to handling temperature.
- IF using Whole Chickens, pull them out and remove the skin.
Leave them to get cold, then cut into serving pieces, discarding
inedible parts. You may wish to refrigerate it so the sauce sticks
IF using Bone-in Joints Do the same as for whole chicken,
except it's already cut into serving pieces.
IF using Boneless Meat, just fish it out and leave it to
- Meanwhile: strain Broth through a fine mesh strainer,
discarding solids. Let it sit for a while to settle, then pour the
clear liquid off, leaving any crud that sinks to the bottom. Defat
the stock using your gravy separator.
- Boil the stock down by about 1/2 (you need 4 cups), then let cool.
- Squeeze Lemon Juice
- Separate Eggs. Use whites for some other purpose.
- Measure out 4 cups of Stock.
- Fry Flour gently in Butter to make a blonde roux.
Stir in just a little of the strained, defatted and cooled Broth.
Stirring constantly, add more broth in small amounts until you have a
smooth thin paste with no lumps. Stir in the rest of the
- Bring the Broth to a boil while stirring, and simmer stirring
often for about 10 minutes.
- Let cool a minute, then stir in the Cream.
- Beat the Egg Yolks and stir in a little of the hot
Sauce, then a little more until quite loose. Stir it all back
into the sauce, stirring vigorously as you do so and for another minute
- Season to taste with Salt, Pepper and Lemon
Juice. Taste it as you do as you may not want all the lemon juice,
depending on taste.
- Arrange Chicken Pieces in a serving dish. Pour the sauce
over to coat well. Chill in the fridge overnight.
- Just before serving, scatter some tarragon leaves over the top.