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Making Cold Chicken
This is a real party dish. You will not be able to resistthe taste of chicken in white sauce, combined with the taste of fresh cream andfresh/canned fruits, and served chilled. You can really shock your friends andfamily members at this point, who a few months ago may be laughing at yourrather non-existent cooking skills.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU SHOULD TRY THIS DISH ONLY WHEN YOU ARECONFIDENT WITH THE OTHER PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED CHICKEN DISHES.
Are you ready to make this exotic dish? Then let's begin.
Chicken- 2 breast pieces
Wheat flour--2 tablespoon
Milk-500 ml (2 cups approximately)
Grated Cheese Cheddar-50 grams (2oz) (3 tablespoon)
Fresh Cream (Low fat)--100 ml (half a cup approximately)
Canned mixed fruit--1 small can
Boil the chicken in500 ml (2 cups approximately) of water, the way you have already learnt, for 10minutes. To reiterate, we are assuming that a chicken piece weighs 200-250grams (7-9oz) (1 cup) approximately, so we are going to take 500 ml (2 cupsapproximately) water and pour the water in a pan. To boil the chicken:
Submerge the chicken in the water inside the pan.
Place the pan on fire and let the water come to boil.
Reduce the heat and let the chicken simmer for about 10minutes.
It is advised that you check that the chicken has beencooked properly. This can be done by using a fork to prick the chicken to seewhether it has become quite tender.
Take the pan off from the heat source.
Once the water cools down, take the chicken out and put iton a plate.
Save the stock (water that you used for boiling the chicken)for making soups or any other dish later.
Now make the white sauce that is:
Put the butter in a pan on the flame and after the buttermelts, add the flour.
Gently mix the flour with the butter making sure that theflour DOES NOT turn brown.
Switch off the heat source and let the flour cool down.
When it comes to room temperature, gently add the milk (alsoat room temperature) and mix well to ensure that no lumps are formed.
Return this to the fire and add the cheese and a pinch ofsalt.
As soon as it thickens, your white sauce is ready.
In a bowl, whisk the fresh cream with a pinch of salt.
To this mixture, add the canned fruit.
In a big serving dish, place the chicken in the middle, eachpiece separately and pour the white sauce over it. Put the canned fruit allalong the sides.
Your delicious Cold Chicken is ready. You can eat it at roomtemperature if it is very cold or cool it in the fridge before serving if theweather is hot.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 17 minutes
Total time: 27 minutes
If you have been able to successfully replicate this dish,then you are a star cook or a chef by now. Well done!! I have always stressedthat you should not really bother if you feel that your dish was not "upto the mark". Just keep practicing and you will become perfect. Don't giveup. Always congratulate yourself that you attempted such an exotic dish andthat too when, a few weeks ago, you did not even know how to boil a chicken.You really deserve applause.