Colne Chicken


Colne Chicken

Ready for a lemony, herby taste of spring? Colne Chicken, hailing from that much-maligned county of Essex, is not only delicious but quick and easy to prepare as well. It’s the perfect weeknight recipe. Plus, free-range boneless chicken breasts are available almost everywhere. If you can only find the standard fillets, simply prep them yourself by dividing the chicken breast lengthwise. Aim for 1/4-pound (~115-gram) serving of chicken per person.

Colne Chicken

1 large boneless butterflied chicken breast, cut into two pieces (or 2 chicken escalopes)

1/2 lemon, juice and zest

1/2 tablespoon chopped sage

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

1 tablespoon chopped thyme

2 rashers (streaky) bacon

1 tablespoon lard

Brush each portion of chicken with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Stir together lemon zest and herbs then spread over one side of each chicken piece. Wrap with a rasher of bacon.

Melt the lard over medium-high heat in a large skillet. When very hot, add the chicken, herb side up, and cook for three to four minutes before turning over and cooking the other side for another three to four minutes. Remove to a warmed plate.

Serves 2

Adapted from Favourite Essex Recipes.

This is for Essex girl Jenny, who is not orange.
Thought I’d share a few photos I found on pinterest of the Colne River in Essex looking particularly lovely:
River Colne Lower Castle Park

River Colne at Lower Castle Park in Colchester


17th-Century Houses on the River Colne in Colchester

Cooking with Herbs

I’m linking this recipe to Cooking with Herbs at Lavender and Lovage.

4 thoughts on “Colne Chicken

  1. Lori

    Colne Chicken looks very tasty and very easy! Adding it to our list to try. I want to spend the day at Colne River with a good book and a lovely picnic!

    1. Lauren Hairston

      It’s probably one of the easiest things I cook. I think Colne Chicken could even be made on the barbeque but I haven’t tried it.

  2. hannah cornish

    That looks BEYOND delicious! Those roasties too, mmmmm. I didn’t realise you were from Essex! I’ve only visited colchester a couple times, but that was for the zoo and leisure centre. Hopefully this year i’ll be able to explore it more 🙂
    Hannas’ UK Beauty | Lifestyle blog @ hannatalks

    1. Lauren Hairston

      I’ve actually never been to Essex. I grew up in Oklahoma! The photos are from pinterest. I’d actually like to go to Essex someday, though, because I’ve seen photos of such pretty villages there.

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