Chicken Breasts with Vanilla Sauce

    1 hour 55 minutes

    Make this chicken breast dish for a special dinner served with vanilla sauce on mashed potatoes or white beans.

    Herbie's Spices

    New South Wales, Australia
    2 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • Vanilla sauce
    • 3 finely chopped eschalots (or small onions)
    • 50g unsalted butter
    • 50g plain flour
    • 100ml verjuice (or white vinegar)
    • 200ml chicken stock
    • 2 Herbie's Spices Vanilla Beans
    • pinch Herbie's Spices Whole Stigma Kashmiri Saffron
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 50ml rice vinegar
    • 100ml cream
    • 2 Herbie's Spices Whole Allspice
    • 4 chicken breast fillets
    • Herbie's Spices Sea Salt, ground, to taste
    • white bean or potato mash, for serving
    • cooked asparagus spears, for serving

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:1hour resting  ›  Ready in:1hour55min 

    1. The sauce: make this at least one hour before cooking the chicken
    2. Sweat the eschalots with butter and flour for a few minutes, then add verjuice. Slowly add the stock, and simmer for 10 minutes with vanilla beans and saffron.
    3. Remove from the heat and pass through a fine sieve into a clean pan.
    4. Place the sauce over a low heat, stir in the tomato paste and rice vinegar until thoroughly blended. Slowly add the cream, taste and season.
    5. Remove from the heat. Split the vanilla bean, scrape the seeds and return them to the sauce.
    6. Replace the scraped-out pod in the sauce and leave to infuse for one hour.
    7. Gently reheat before serving, and remove spent pod.
    8. To cook the chicken, fill a pan with water, add the allspice and bring to a simmer.
    9. Add the chicken breast fillets in a single layer, making sure they are completely covered by the water, bring up to boiling point then immediately reduce heat to a simmer. Poach gently for 12-15 minutes until tender, moist, and just whiter than pink when cut through the thickest part.
    10. Remove, drain and set aside, discarding stock.
    11. To serve, spoon enough vanilla sauce on to the warmed plates to cover the base. Place mashed potato or white beans in the centre of the plate, top with chicken. Drizzle extra vanilla sauce over the top, then place two or three cooked asparagus spears on the chicken.

    Additional Tips

    Although vanilla beans can sometimes be rinsed and dried for re-use, in this recipe the beans are used to the full and are ready for disposal once the sauce is made.

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