Butterflied chicken with fennel 



With spring just around the corner, this juicy, summery, light, griddled chicken with a tomato and fennel sauce, was delicious!

So Easy and Quick to make, from start to finish we were sat down in 30 minutes to tuck in!  The lovely fennel goes so well with the lemony and tomato dressing.  Serve with your choice of veggies.

INGREDIENTS                    SERVES 4

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil  (or spray oil)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 large fennel bulb, finely diced
  • 10 g butter
  • 2 large tomatoes, finely diced
  • 40 ml of white wine
  • basil leaves  (handful)
  • Large sprinkling of salt and pepper


On the Hob!

Take the chicken out of the packets, you need to butterfly the chicken breasts, this is fairly easy to do.  You hold the chicken breast, and slice into the chicken breast on one side. Then simply fold it over and trim any excess fat off etc. Once they have been opened, place them into a large bowl.  With the juice of a lemon, add to the olive oil in a bowl, give it a whisk adding salt and pepper.  Put the garlic onto the chicken breasts, then pour on the lemon and oil mixture.  Leave the breasts to marinate.

For the sauce chop the fennel, keep the fluffy bits for decoration for later.  Then add the butter to a pan to melt, add the fennel and keep it on a high heat for a few minutes stirring well.  Then turn the pan down to a medium heat so the fennel softens with out burning.  Whilst the fennel is softening, chop the tomatoes.  When the fennel is looking more opaque, add the wine simmer it down until thicker, then add the tomatoes and the grating of a lemon to the pan.  Turn down the heat so the flavour thickens and infuse.  Add the basil just before serving, with a good sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Take a large frying pan or a griddle pan, drizzle or spray with oil, turn it to a high heat.  Add the chicken breasts.  Cook them for 4 – 5 minutes on each side checking that they are cooked through, this depends on the size of the chicken breast.

If your chicken is smoking like mine, turn off the smoke detector making sure that you switch it back on afterwards.

This is so easy.  Serve with whatever veg or salad you like!


Emily x





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