Berry season is nearly over here in the UK. There are still a few blackberries left in the woods and it is a shame not to pick them; They are pesticide free, organic, delicious and full of goodness.
Last year I made my wedding cake with berries and it proved very successful: a light sponge with creme patissiere, whipped cream and lots..lots of raspberries, blackberries and redcurrants on top. 🙂 Frankly I felt quite lucky that it worked out OK despite all the wedding rush!
You can make so many delicious things with berries: they are also a good accompaniment for meats.
My recipe for today is very simple: marinate some chicken breasts with crushed berries to infuse their flavour into the meat, cook the chicken in a pan and serve it with a berry sauce and fresh salad. Nothing too complicated. The meat acquires a delicate and interesting taste with floral notes.
If you prefer and if it is more convenient for you, you can use only one type of berry. Use frozen ones if you cannot find them fresh.
This recipe serves 2.
- Prep Time : 20 minutes
- Cook Time : 15 minutes
Squeeze 1/3 of berries with a fork. Put them in a bowl, add the chicken, salt and pepper, mix well and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes (make sure the chicken is nicely "covered up" with the berries).
Heat up a pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Brown the chicken in the pan for about 2 minutes on each side. Add the crushed berries which you used in the marinade, put the lid on and continue cooking it over a gentle heat for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Remove the meat from the pan, wrap it up with kitchen foil and let it rest for 5 minutes.
Put the remaining berries in a pan, add 2 tbsp of sugar and cook them over a gentle heat for about 8 minutes whilst stirring all the time. Strain the cooked berries in a mesh strainer to remove the seeds; you will get a nice smooth sauce.
Slice the chicken, place it on a serving dish and serve it with the salad, some berries and the sauce on top. Drizzle with olive oil and serve!