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Sticky Lemon Chicken with Champ


  • 1 large Chicken jointed into 8–10 pieces

  • Sea Salt & freshly ground black pepper

  • 3.5 tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 1 head Garlic halved horizontally

  • few sprigs Thyme

  • sherry vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Honey

  • 1 Lemon finely sliced (ideally with a mandolin)

  • Flat-leaf parsley chopped

  • Champ

  • 1 kg floury Potato e.g. King Edward, peeled

  • Sea Salt & freshly ground black pepper

  • 30 g Butter

  • spring onion (about 6–8), trimmed and chopped

  • 100 ml Double cream

  • 100 ml whole Milk plus extra if needed


  • 1.

    Season the chicken with salt and pepper and heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Brown the chicken pieces (in batches if necessary) over a high heat with the garlic and thyme for 2–3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Return all the chicken to the pan, add the sherry vinegar and bubble until reduced by half. Drizzle over the soy sauce and honey and shake the pan to mix.

  • 2.

    Pour in a good splash of hot water and add the lemon slices. Let the liquid bubble and reduce down until syrupy, which will take about 10 minutes or so. By now the chicken should be cooked through.

  • Champ:

  • 1.

    Cut the potatoes into similar-sized chunks and boil in salted water for about 10 minutes, until tender when pierced with a small sharp knife. Drain well.

  • 2.

    Mash the potatoes while still hot, using a potato ricer if you have one, then stir through the butter and spring onions.

  • 3.

    Pour the cream and milk into a saucepan and bring just to the boil. Take off the heat and gradually pour on to the potatoes, mixing well. If the mash is too thick, add a little extra milk. Season generously.

  • 4.

    Transfer the chicken to a platter and sprinkle over the chopped parsley, serve with the champ and green beans.


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Posted by Hot ChilliReport
I made just the chicken part of this recipe. The sliced lemon with the pith & skin made the sauce very bitter and way too lemony. Just the juice of half a lemon would add enough flavour.