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Cock-a-leekie tray bake with warm pearl barley salad



A simple one-tray meal packed with flavour. Cock-a-leekie soup is usually served with prunes, but this dish uses juicy clementines for a sprinkle of sunshine.

The barley salad works perfectly with the chicken but is also great with fish or roasted root vegetables.



Ingredients to serve 4:

8 chicken thighs or drumsticks on the bone

2 large carrots

2 celery ribs, sliced

2-3 leeks

4 clementines (or similar citrus fruit), 2 thickly sliced and 2 juiced

2 medium sweet potatoes

200ml chicken stock, white wine or a mix of the two

25ml olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp wholegrain mustard

3-4 sprigs fresh thyme

1-2 bay leaves


For the salad:

200g pearl barley

50g finely chopped shallot

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp lemon juice

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

20g chopped chives

20g chopped parsley

10g chopped tarragon/dill/chervil

Maldon salt

Freshly ground black pepper


Method:

Heat oven to 190°C. Line the grill tray of the oven with foil and baking parchment.


Trim, halve and wash the leeks. Leave to drain well before slicing and adding to the tray.

Peel and halve the carrots and sweet potatoes, then cut into 2cm chunks and add to the tray with the celery and clementines.


Season with salt and pepper then mix with your hands.


Add the chicken pieces to the tray skin side up and tuck the sprigs of thyme and bay leaves under the chicken.


Mix the mustard, clementine and lemon juice, olive oil and stock and/or wine together in a jug, before drizzling over the contents of the tray.


Roast for 45-60 minutes depending on the size of the chicken pieces and serve with the warm pearl barley salad.



To make the salad:


Rinse the pearl barley in a fine sieve. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the barley and a teaspoon of salt. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 35-40 minutes until the barley is tender.


Check after 30 minutes and then at five- minute intervals until done to your preference.


Drain the barley in a large sieve to remove the water.


Add the oil, shallot, mustard and lemon juice to the bottom of a large mixing bowl and whisk them together and then season with salt and pepper.


Tip in the barley and then the fresh chopped herbs.


Mix gently together until well blended. Taste and adjust the seasoning as it may need more lemon juice or salt before serving.




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