Chicken with black garlic, mushrooms and asparagus

servings2
2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts, good quality, skin on
  • 4 black garlic cloves

Charred leek purée

  • 4 white leeks
  • 1 tbsp of squid ink
  • 1 tbsp of miso paste
  • 1 dash of soy sauce

To serve

  • 4 chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 knob of butter
  • 4 asparagus spears
  • 100g of broad beans
  • 100g of fresh peas
  • 1 handful of pea shoots
  • rapeseed oil
  • salt

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 130˚C/gas mark 1/2
2
For the charred leek purée, cut the leeks in half lengthways and wash thoroughly. Use a very hot chargrill pan to blacken the leeks on both sides, then remove from the heat, trim down slightly and scatter evenly on the base of a saucepan
  • 4 white leeks
3
Add enough water to just cover (200-300ml), bring to a boil and simmer until the liquid has reduced and the pan is almost dry. Transfer to a high-speed blender and blitz with the squid ink, a dash of soy sauce and the miso paste
  • 1 tbsp of squid ink
  • 1 tbsp of miso paste
  • 1 dash of soy sauce
4
Once the purée is very smooth, press through a fine strainer, transfer to a squeezy bottle and set aside until required
5
Preheat oven to 150˚C/gas mark 2
6
Make a couple of incisions along the side of each chicken breast and stuff with the black garlic. Bake in the oven for 18 minutes, then remove and rest for 5 minutes
  • 2 chicken breasts, good quality, skin on
  • 1 black garlic clove
7
Meanwhile, cut the chestnut mushrooms in half and colour cut-side down in a hot pan with a dash of rapeseed oil. To finish, add a small knob of butter, toss to coat and season with salt
  • 4 chestnut mushrooms
  • rapeseed oil
  • 1 knob of butter
  • salt
8
Trim the asparagus and peel up to the tip. Blanch in boiling salted water with the peas and broad beans for 1 1/2 minute. Strain, peel the broad beans, season all the greens and keep warm
  • 4 asparagus spears
  • salt
  • 100g of broad beans
  • 100g of fresh peas
9
To serve, pipe the charred leek purée in swirls on the base of each plate. Slice each breast in half and place on top of the purée
10
Scatter the asparagus, broad beans, peas and mushrooms onto each plate and garnish with pea shoots before serving. Finish with a drizzle of oil
  • 1 handful of pea shoots