Chicken wings with barley, leaks and mushrooms

The latest from Nigel Slater’s excellent book, a healthy, delicious meal which incorporated the much undervalued leek.

I have to confess, when I read through this recipe I thought, what can possibly go wrong? It looks simply enough. But I did have nightmares, not least when I looked at the size of my chicken wings and thought I’d bought the wrong thing, and when I wondered if it would take until 2056 for the stock and juices to reduce.

However, all worked well, and my girlfriend, who hates aniseed (and therefore tarragon by default) didn’t even notice the herbs slipped into the sauce.

The good thing about this is if you have any of the leeky sauce left, it actually heats up rather nicely with a fresh piece of buttered bread for lunch the next day – waste not want not,  etc…




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