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Poulet avec les Limettes       HT  MC  Tahitian  45mins plus marinating


Serves 4   Hot  Poultry  Fruit Main Course   Gluten Wheat Free  Eggless  Tahiti  French Polynesia  Oceania  



4 Large Boneless Chicken Breasts, each cut into 5 pieces

300ml/10fl.oz. Freshly squeezed Lime Juice

The grated Zest of 2 Limes

Salt and White Pepper

2 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme

4 tbsp Peanut Oil

1 tbsp Butter

240ml/8fl.oz. Fresh Chicken Stock

2 teasp Sugar

1 tbsp Cornflour (mixed with a little water to form a smooth paste)

90ml/3fl.oz. Double Cream

1 Lime, thinly sliced




1. Place chicken in a shallow dish together with  half the lime juice, zest, salt, pepper, and thyme. Mix well then cover with clingfilm and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours, turning 2 or 3 times during the marinating period.


2. Remove chicken pieces from the dish, reserving the marinade, and pat dry with kitchen paper towels. 


3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add chicken pieces and brown on all sides.


4.  Add most of the marinade, reserving the remainder,  and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.


5. Remove the chicken to a dish and keep warm. Continue to cook the sauce over a high heat until it has reduced by one third.


6.  Reduce the heat, add the remaining marinade, sugar and cornflour mixture and whisk until thickened.


7. Return  the chicken to the pan together with the cream, stir to mix well but do not boil. Adjust the seasoning then transfer to a heated serving dish and garnish with lime slices. Serve immediately.




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Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Brown  to  -  To fry in very shallow  fat  over a high heat in order to colour the food and seal in the juices.

Sauté  - The cooking of food in a small amount of fat, preferably in a single layer, until it browns and softens. It is important not to overfill the pan.


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