Vital Veg, organic farm, curly kale

Poached chicken with carrots, kale and mushrooms

Ingredients: 
1 whole chicken, legs and thighs removed (you can use them in another dish)
1 litre/1¾ pints chicken stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
25g/1oz butter
1 tbsp olive oil
125g/4½oz baby turnips, peeled and halved, or swede cut into large chunks
125g/4½oz small carrots
75g/3oz curly kale, leaves trimmed and roughly torn
75g/3oz frozen peas
25g/1oz butter
1 tbsp olive oil
60g/2½oz chestnut mushrooms
Method: 

For the chicken, place the chicken into a large lidded pan with the stock. Cover with the lid, then bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Carefully remove the chicken from the pan and pat dry with kitchen paper. Set the chicken aside.

Place the stock back onto the heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until the volume of liquid has slightly reduced. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

Meanwhile, carve the breasts from the carcass and pat dry once more.

Heat a frying pan until hot, add the butter and olive oil and the chicken, skin-side down. Fry for 2-3 minutes on both side until golden-brown.

For the vegetables, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the turnips and cook for 3-4 minutes, before adding the carrots.

Cook for a further two minutes, then add the kale and peas. Boil for one minute, drain the vegetables and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until hot, add the butter and olive oil and fry the mushrooms for 1-2 minutes until just cooked through. Add the drained vegetables to the pan and mix to combine.

To serve, divide the vegetables between two soup bowls and place the chicken breasts on top. Ladle the stock over the top and serve immediately.
(recipe modified from original)

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