Friday, 18 April 2014

Maille Culinary Challenge - Pan-fried chicken with Dijon sauce and hazelnut tagliatelle

Who says that a midweek family meal cannot be gourmet?! Maille (pronounced 'my') is a gourmet brand of perfect accompaniments to make an every day meal something special!

A number of bloggers were invited to try the Maille Culinary Challenge to develop an inspiring dish using some of Maille's products... so here's my entry! I do hope that you make it yourself and imagine yourself dining in an exquisite French restaurant! It's great for entertaining but the secret is that it's quick and easy but deliciously divine! Enjoy!
Pan fried chicken with Dijon sauce and hazelnut tagliatelle - serves 4, takes about 30 minutes.
Splash of olive oil
4 medium sized chicken breasts, skinned and boned
4 'nests' of dried tagliatelle pasta
500g Greek-style yoghurt
1 level tbsp. cornflour
75g parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 egg yolks
Salt & black pepper, to season
80g diced pancetta
Approx. 20-30 vine cherry tomatoes (still on the vine, if possible)
A good drizzle of Maille hazelnut oil
Rocket salad, washed
  1. First, heat the splash of olive oil in a heavy based frying pan and gently pan fry the chicken breasts until cooked through and starting to brown (about 10-15 mins).
  2. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan until 'al dente' (about 8-10 mins).
  3. While the chicken and pasta are cooking, make the Dijon sauce. Whisk four tablespoons of the yoghurt with the cornflour and the mustard until smooth.
  4. Blend in the remaining yoghurt and bring to the boil, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth.
  5. While stirring, add the cheese, egg yolks and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and keep warm. Add the diced pancetta to the pan along with the vine cherry tomatoes and fry over a high heat for 5 mins.
  7. Drain the cooked pasta and toss in bowl with a good drizzle of hazelnut oil, cooked pancetta and a handful of rocket.
  8. Serve the chicken with the Dijon sauce poured over with the pan fried tomatoes and hazelnut tagliatelle. 

This dish was enjoyed by all of the family, including the children. You can adjust the amount of Dijon mustard and parmesan cheese to taste - I personally love Dijon mustard, so would go for at least 2 teaspoons of mustard, but the flavour is still there, even with just 1 teaspoon.
So, I hope you give it a try! Let me know what you think! You can buy most Maille products are major supermarkets, but all of the range is available in their online boutique - click here to tempt your tastebuds!