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Braised spring chicken

Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 1 hour 5 minutes .
Oven temperature: 200°C, 400°F, gas 6.
Calories: 626 per portion

ingredients

serves 4
4 large flat mushrooms
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
4 slices lean ham, without fat
2 spring chickens, prepared
salt and pepper
150 ml (1/4 pint) dry white wine

method

1. Cut off the mushroom stalks and place the mushrooms in the bottom of a large casserole. Sprinkle over the thyme. Lay the slices of ham over the mushrooms.

2. Place the spring chickens on top. Add salt, pepper and the white wine.

3. Cover and cook in the oven for about 1 hour. Uncover and continue cooking for 5 minutes.

4. Cut each spring chicken in half and serve on a bed of mushrooms and ham.

If fresh thyme is not available, replace with half the quantity of dried thyme. This herb retains its aroma for quite a long time after drying but fresh thyme does, of course, have a better flavour.

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