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Hunter’s Chicken

Hunter’s Chicken is a classic pub dish. It’s on menus in pubs up and down the country, and when you combine chicken, melted cheese and BBQ sauce you can’t go too far wrong. But if you’re unlucky to get served up a dry chicken breast then your meal can only end in disappointment.

However, with this recipe you’ll get chicken that is beautiful and succulent every time. Instead of cooking the breast in a pan or in the oven, we’re going to poach the chicken breast in a chicken stock for 15 minutes – this allows the breast to stay plump and juicy but not take any longer than it would through any other method. We’ll then wrap it in bacon and cook that in the pan, and then cover it in BBQ sauce and melted cheese to create the ultimate Hunter’s Chicken, and then serve it with the traditional fries and garden peas to recreate this classic pub dish in your own home.

Hunter's Chicken

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Serves: 2 Cooking Time: 20 mins


  • 2 x Chicken Breasts
  • 6 x Rashers Unsmoked Streaky Bacon
  • Your Favourite BBQ Sauce
  • 100g Grated Cheese
  • 1 x Chicken Stock Cube



Take a large saucepan and fill it with water and bring it to the boil over a high heat, then add in the stock cube and let that dissolve into the boiling water.


Carefully lower the chicken breasts into the boiling water and lower the heat and bring it to a very gentle simmer. You don't want to rapidly boil the chicken as that'll cause the chicken to become tough. You just want to have a very gentle poach.


After 15 minutes, gently remove the chicken breasts from the stock and leave them to rest for a few minutes.


Next, firmly wrap the chicken in the streaky bacon - approximately 3 rashes per chicken breasts - and then cook the bacon-wrapped chicken in a frying pan on all sides until the bacon is cooked and nicely browned.


Place the chicken breasts onto a plate or into a serving dish, and then cover in your favourite BBQ sauce and sprinkle over the grated cheese.


Place the chicken under a grill on a medium heat and grill until the cheese is golden, melted and bubbling.


Serve with French Fries and fresh garden peas and a nice, cold beer and enjoy!

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