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Leftover recipe ideas – Braised Christmas chicken

5 December 2014


braised christmas cThe mulled wine flavours the chicken is cooked in smacks of Christmas and is delicious served with a creamy leek mashed potato or baked potato or you could even serve it with couscous. Accompany with seasonal vegetables or braised red cabbage.


  • 75cl bottle red wine
  • 1 mulled wine spice bag (or use 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 4 coriander seeds, little nutmeg and 2 all spice wrapped in a muslin bag)
  • 2 washed and scrubbed Satsumas studded with 4 cloves each
  • 2 tablespoon dark muscavado sugar
  • Salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 12 chicken thighs or legs
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon plain flour
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 300ml chicken stock


  1. Put the wine, mulled wine spice bag, Satsumas and sugar in a pan. Bring to the boil and bubble until the mixture has reduced, about 10 -15 minutes. Add the Satsuma studded with cloves.
  2. Season the chicken skin and in a large pan, heat the oil and fry the chicken pieces until golden. Add the onions, garlic and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 min before adding the reduced wine and stock. Bring the mixture to the boil, then cover and cook at 200°C (400°F) mark 6 for about 1 hour, the sauce should be could be the consistency of gravy.
  4. Uncover the casserole, stir in the cranberries and cook for a further 30 minutes. Remove the Satsuma and put into the compost bin. Serve the casserole immediately.

To freeze: Make the recipe up to the end of step 3. Cool then put into a freezer proof container, label and freeze for up to 3 months.

To use: Thaw over night, put into a flameproof casserole, slowly bring to the boil on the hob. Add the cranberries and reduce to a gentle simmer. Cook for 30 min or until heated through.


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