Recipe: Saffron Chicken Sandwich
A sandwich for a battle? Well this is no ordinary sandwich. This will punch you in the face with flavour! Like in a good way.
- 100 ml port
- 1 l chicken stock
- 250 ml chicken stock
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 tsp saffron strands
- 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
- 1 sprig fresh oregano
- 1 sprig fresh basil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 ea chicken breast
- 2 ea brioche rolls
- 4 tbsp mayo
- 50 g watercress
- 2 sprigs basil
- 50 g sundried tomatoes
- 100 g mozzarella
Make The Jus
Reduce the port by two thirds and taste. It should be sweet and a little acidic
Pour the 1 litre of chicken stock for the jus into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a low bubble for about 1 hour, until it thickens slightly, to a loose jus (not too syrupy, but you can always let it down with a little more water).
Add the reduced port to taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook The Chicken
Pour the 250ml of chicken stock into a small saucepan and add the butter, saffron, chilli flakes, oregano, basil and the garlic. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer over a low heat. Add the chicken breast and poach for 15 minutes, then remove the chicken.
Turn the heat up and boil the stock until it reduces by two thirds. Remove the herbs and garlic.
Using two forks, tear the chicken into strips and add it back into the pan. Keep it warm over the lowest heat possible.
Heat a dry frying pan and toast the sliced buns until crisp and slightly blackened.
To construct, spread the mayo over the insides of the buns. Begin by adding the watercress with a few basil leaves and sun-dried tomatoes. Layer the mozzarella, followed by the pulled chicken. Add more sun-dried tomatoes, basil leaves and mozzarella.
Sandwich with the second bun.
Repeat to make a second sandwich.
Steam The Sandwiches
Heat the jus up in the frying pan that you just used for the buns, making sure that you have a lid for it (or something to place over the top).
Place the sandwiches into the pan carefully and turn the heat down low. Cover with a lid and steam for a minute, then remove the lid and carefully baste the tops of the buns with the jus (it’s going to be a messy, delicious sandwich!)
Using a spatula, carefully lift the soft buns from the pan and serve immediately.
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