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G & T drunken chicken with iceberg, mint and cucumber salad and English cream dressing

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for G & T drunken chicken with iceberg, mint and cucumber salad and English cream dressing by Matt Wilkinson from Melbourne restaurant Circa, the Prince.

By Matt Wilkinson
  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking plus cooling
G & T drunken chicken with iceberg, mint and cucumber salad and English cream dressing
G & T drunken chicken with iceberg, mint and cucumber salad and English cream dressing

“Classic English salad – fresh, with a little heat from the dressing. The G & T part is a play on traditional white-cut Chinese chicken, with a little Yorkshire twist.”

Ingredients

  • 1 small iceberg lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1/3 cup (loosely packed) mint, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small Lebanese cucumber, seeds removed, diced
G & T drunken chicken
  • 500 ml (2 cups) tonic water
  • 200 ml gin
  • 35 gm white sugar
  • 30 gm (¼ cup) sea salt
  • 3 juniper berries
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cardamom pod, bruised
  • 1 piece dried mandarin peel
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts (about 200gm each)
English cream dressing
  • 1 tbsp hot English mustard
  • 1 tbsp chardonnay vinegar
  • 110 ml pouring cream
  • of caster sugar, Pinch

Method

Main
  • 1
    For G & T drunken chicken, bring all ingredients except chicken to the simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chicken, simmer until just cooked (7-8 minutes). Cool chicken in poaching liquid in refrigerator (15-20 minutes). Remove from liquid, coarsely shred and set aside.
  • 2
    For English cream dressing, whisk mustard and vinegar in a bowl to combine, add cream and whisk until soft peaks form (1-2 minutes). Season to taste with sea salt and sugar, refrigerate until required.
  • 3
    Combine lettuce, mint, cucumber and chicken in a bowl, drizzle with a little dressing, toss lightly, and serve drizzled with extra dressing.

Notes

This recipe is from the February 2010 issue of .
Drink Suggestion: 2007 Toscolo Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Drink suggestion by Liam O'Brien

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  • Author: Matt Wilkinson