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Chicken and clove ragù with polenta pasta


"I can't get Valentino's clove-scented chicken ragù out of my mind. Would the chef share the recipe?"
Christopher Dranias, Brunswick, Vic

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You'll need

1 bunch (about 350gm) cavolo nero, trimmed, ribs remove 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 3 anchovy fillets 40 gm (½ cup) finely grated pecorino, plus extra to serve   Polenta pasta 100 gm polenta 500 gm (3 cups) plain flour   Chicken ragù 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil 3 golden shallots, finely diced 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 kg coarsely minced chicken 1 litre dry white wine 4 cloves, cracked

Method

  • 01
  • For polenta pasta, bring 350ml of salted water to the boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, then add polenta in a thin, steady stream while whisking continuously until all is incorporated. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally until polenta is cooked and thick (35-45 minutes; you may need to add extra water). Spread thinly on an oiled tray, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to chill. Transfer polenta to a kitchen mixer fitted with a paddle and beat until smooth. Add flour and mix until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth (8-10 minutes), adding extra flour if too sticky. Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside to rest (30 minutes).
  • 02
  • For chicken and clove ragù, heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic and sauté until tender (8-10 minutes). Add chicken and fry until juices reduce and chicken begins to brown (35-40 minutes). Add wine and cloves, and simmer until liquid is almost evaporated (30-40 minutes). Add 1 litre water and reduce by half (30 40 minutes). Season to taste and set aside.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, divide pasta into quarters and roll each out on a lightly floured surface to about 2mm thick. Cut into triangles of about 3cm and transfer to flour-dusted trays.
  • 04
  • Cook cavolo nero in a saucepan of boiling salted water until tender (2-3 minutes). Drain, refresh and set aside. Heat oil in a large frying pan, over medium-high heat, add garlic and anchovies and cook until starting to colour (2-3 minutes). Add cavolo nero, season to taste and cook until starting to colour (2-3 minutes). Transfer to chicken ragù and stir to combine.
  • 05
  • Cook pasta in a large saucepan of simmering salted water until al dente (1-2 minutes). Drain, toss with ragù, sprinkle with pecorino and serve hot with extra pecorino.

Note At Valentino chef Riccardo Momesso likes to use whatever greens are in season.


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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  • Serves 6 - 8 people

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