Monday, 12 September 2011

Chicken in a basket!!!

As I'm a child of the 70's I knew there would come a point when this would feature on my blog, it is a typical menu item from country pubs of that era, it was mainly chicken on the bone cooked along with chips and peas all put into a little woven basket and then later plastic ones that looked woven too,  I could not find the later in any shops when planning this for dinner so I had to come up with a plan, this quickly came together after watching The Great British Bake Off where they made baskets from bread to put rolls in.

The other version of chicken in a basket come courtesy of The Muppet Show where the Swedish chef would run around with his knife shouting "Chicky in a barsket",this was on the tv during the late seventies.

I've used chicken thighs and drumsticks for this, tossed in a little flour with salt and black pepper and then baked on a tray in the middle of the oven until golden and crisp.

The basket is made from strong bread flour, yeast and a little extra salt than normal, around 500g flour, 1 level teaspoon yeast and a dessert spoon salt.

You will also need a metal or oven proof bowl, oiled and turned upside down, to use as a template for your bread bowl.

Add the flour and yeast to a separate bowl and mix well, add salt and mix again, then add warm water a little at a time until you have formed a ball of dough, knead well and leave to rise for 20mins in a draft free place.

Roll the dough out into a large thin rectangle and then cut into strips to form the basket shape.

Add the strips from one side of the oiled bowl to the other, criss-crossing as you go and then add extra pieces in-between to give it strength and then four final pieces that will form the top of the basket.  I've added chicken shapes to the side of my bowl to finish  the effect, then brush with egg yolk before putting into the oven.

Cook on the middle shelf of the oven at around 180° for around 25 mins or until golden.  Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack until almost cold before carefully removing the metal bowl.

Add the chicken to it once cooked and serve immediately.

1 comment:

Gloria said...

Look amazing, what nice idea!! gloria