Hunter’s Chicken has been a longstanding favourite of mine.
I remember being in a pub in Queniborough many years ago and ordering it and being utterly delighted. Ever since I’ve immediately scanned every menu for a rendition of it.
Now, just as she mum made shepherd’s pie whenever my sister came home from uni, my mum always makes hunter’s chicken for me, so it has the ever important sentimental factor too.
It combines all my favourite things, chicken? Check. Bacon? Check. Cheese? Double check. Barbecue Sauce? Check.
It’s marvellously easy to make too. You’ll need:
1 chicken breast
1-2 rashers of bacon (up to you)
sprinkle of grated cheese/couple of slices of cheese (I find Cheddar/Mozzarella work best, or both!)
Generous squirt BBQ Sauce
Preheat your oven to 200°c/400°f/Gas Mark 6
Cut your chicken breast horizontally most of the way in, but don’t cut in half completely
(Bit gross looking sorry, wanted to demonstrate how far to go though!)
Squirt in some BBQ sauce and spread over the inside surface
Line your chicken with the bacon
Sprinkle in the cheese, and add another squirt of BBQ sauce for good measure
Tuck it all in neatly(ish)
Wrap it up in a cosy blanket of bacon
(I really really love bacon..)
Place on some tinfoil on a tray, sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and wrap the tinfoil loosely around it.
After about 15 minutes check to see if it’s cooked (cut into it and check the colour in the middle of the chicken.. if it’s at all pink or translucent it’s not done!). although it may take up to 30 minutes or maybe more depending on the oven.
About 5-10 minutes before you suspect it’ll be ready, add some more BBQ sauce to the top and some more cheese to bubble away nicely
Serve with homemade skinny fries and veg!
Good old pub grub without even leaving the house.