Hairy Bikers' Somerset chicken

(179 ratings)
Hairy Bikers' Somerset chicken
Hairy Bikers' Somerset chicken
  • Serves: 6

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

The Hairy Bikers have given us recipes from their 'Food Tour of Britain' series. Try their utterly delicious Somerset chicken recipe from episode 13.


  • 6 boneless chicken breasts, skin on
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 75g butter
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 4tbsp plain flour
  • 2tbsp grain mustard
  • 2 dessert apples, peeled and sliced into batons
  • 110g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 300ml cider
  • 250ml double cream
  • 1tbsp finely chopped sage leaves
  • 300g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 6 baked potatoes

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  1. To make this chicken breast recipe, preheat the oven to 200C (gas mark 6). Season the chicken breasts with salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat a large saute pan and add 2tbsp of the oil and 50g of the butter.
  3. Fry the chicken breasts in batches for 1-2 mins on each side until golden. Put them into a deep-sided oven tray and roast for 25 mins until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Add the remaining butter and oil to the pan and cook the onions for 4-5 mins until softened but not coloured. Add the flour and mustard to the pan and cook for another 2 mins. Add the apples and button mushrooms and cook for 1 min. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to the boil, then pour in the cider. Bring back to the boil and cook for 5 mins. Add the cream and sage, cook for another 5 mins, then season with salt and black pepper.
  5. Take the chicken out of the oven and pour the sauce into the dish to cover the chicken completely. Preheat the grill to high. Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken and place under the grill for 5 mins until the cheese is melted, golden and bubbling. Serve with jacket potatoes topped with a knob of butter.

This recipe is from The Hairy Bikers' Food Tour of Britain, 20 from Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
The Hairy Bikers' Food Tour of Britain is available from

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Geoffrey Morris

One of the best meals I've ever cooked. Delicious.


This is a great fish which I have cooked many times. As most of my family doesn't like grain mustard I always use English mustard mixed with same American so that it's not too hot. This dish freezes well also.

Alison Williams Hughes

Absolutely lovely so easy ans tastes amazing!!


why are you not able to eat this now? I live in New York State and I'm making it for dinner tonight! Get to the supermarket and buy the stuff to make it!!


A Friend at work suggested this, it sounded nice so thought i'd give it a go, Decided on the spur of the moment today to make it only to discover I didnt have the Grain Mustard.. and neither did my local shop! So I substituted the Grain with English Mustard, I also only had Chicken Thighs ( which I prefer to breasts), now I havent tasted the original dish.. but this was Amazing... all plates were cleared! Which in this house hold is a rarity. Thank you Hairy Bikers :)


This is a wonderful recipe which I will be making time and time again: for family and for friends... My only alterations were to cut down on the amount of butter used, which was not really necessary, substitute large chicken thighs for everyday family cooking and substitute single cream (Elmlea half fat), all with absolutely no problems. I shall be blogging about this great dish in the very near future. Thank you Hairy Bikers! hopeeternal 'Meanderings through my Cookbook'


This is an easy recipe to follow and the flavour is fantastic. Everyone seems to love it - a real winner!!!


I made this at the weekend for fussy eaters and they demolished the lot. I must say there is a little bit of prep needed but you will not be disappointed with this dish. Its scrummy! We had ours with mashed potato!


Thank you Hairy Bikers, gorgeous recipe! Gemma


Lovely tea and was a real hit with all the family espiecially Josh my son who will be taking the recipe to uni with him!!!!

Barbara Moores

What a fabulous receipe. Made it several times but recommended it to my son who does not cook for his new girl friend. Went down so well. Thanks for this x


Fantastic recepe, easy to make and full of flavour. My 14 year old grandaughter wanted me to make it again the following night! Also excellent with pork.

melissa gray

i cooked this for me and my boyfriend its the greatest thing i have ever tasted we had so much sauce we put the rest in the freezer so we can enjoy it all over again


Lovely!!! I cut the recipe down as its just the two of us and it came out just fine!! Likely to become a regular in this house!


I watch a lot of tv cookery programmes and never have i felt the need to dash to the shops so i could have the meal that evening...lets hope i can make it as good as it looks!


This is one of the greatest things I have ever tasted. My parents have made it a couple of times and as I am currently living in America I am unable to eat anything comparable. Near enough everytime I watch a Hairy Bikers programme I end up thinking "I WANT THAT NOW!". If angels exist these guys are them.

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