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Juicy Chicken with English Strawberries

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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Ready in: 15 mins
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Juicy Chicken with English Strawberries

Although this sounds a little bizarre, it comes from a very old English recipe, I cooked this dish in the early 80's, it is delicious I promise. The acid from the strawberries breaks down the structure of the meat very well indeed, similar to the reaction of marinating meat in yoghourt Indian style. It also utilises the very soft strawberries left over in the bottom of the punnet.


  • 4 chicken legs, skin on
  • 250g ripe, tasty English strawberries
  • juice 2 large lemons
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 75mls olive oil
  • 1 tbsp strawberry jam or other
  • salt and freshly milled pepper
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp cornflour or arrowroot
  • 2 tbsp cold water

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  • Wash the strawberries well then place 200g in the liquidiser.
  • Add the lemon juice, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, mustard, jam salt and pepper, and whizz until smooth.
  • Strain well to remove the seeds, then adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Remove the knuckle from the chicken legs, then pierce well with a sharp knife.
  • Place the prepared chicken into a non metallic container and pour over half the strawberry marinade.
  • The rest of the marinade, place into a saucepan and cook for 10 minutes, then thicken with a little cornflour, then cool.
  • Cover and leave for 20 minutes or at most overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C, gas 6.
  • Warm a large frying pan and add a couple of tbsp olive oil.
  • Remove the legs from the marinade, and pat dry, then season well with salt and pepper.
  • Heat skin side down and the pop into the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • Turn over and cook for a further 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and cover with foil, then leave for 15 minutes to relax.
  • Add the chopped strawberries to the cooled relish.
  • Serve with the relish and salad.