PAN-ROASTED CHICKEN, CONFIT EGG YOLK & ASPARGUS
Developed by New Zealand-born Chef Matt Lambert.
PREP AND COOK TIME:
90 Minutes | Serves 4
4 chicken breasts
Zest of 2 lemons
4 sprigs of thyme
1 sprig of rosemary
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
6 Tbsp butter
2 bunches asparagus
(6-10 spears per person)
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
2 Tbsp finely chopped chives
4 egg yolks
1 cup olive oil
4 cups chicken stock reduced to
½ cup for sauce
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp chopped parsley
2 Tbsp chopped chives
Lightly season the chicken with salt and about 2 Tbsp olive oil, I recommend about 1 tsp of salt. Roll the chicken into a tight cylinder in plastic wrap and tie up the ends so the chicken is sealed in the plastic wrap.
Poach the chicken breast in 180°F/80°C water for 60 mins. Remove from plastic and pat dry.
Pan roast the chicken in a medium hot pan to achieve a nice golden brown sear on the skin. Then add 2 Tbsp butter and bring to a brown foamy stage, add lemon zest, thyme, and rosemary. Spoon liberally over the chicken.
Remove and let stand.
In a hot pan add 2 Tbsp olive oil and sauté the asparagus until golden brown. Season with salt and add 2 Tbsp each of chopped parsley and chives just before removing the asparagus from the heat.
Separate 4 egg yolks and submerge the yolks in a small container of olive oil, about 1 cup. Allow to cook for around 1 hour at 140°F/60°C.
Use 4 cups of sodium-free chicken stock and reduce it to 1/2 of a cup. Add 1 Tbsp of butter towards the end to help achieve the perfect consistency.
Trim the ends of the chicken roll and cut in 4 pieces: the first piece bigger than the other ones. Place the chicken in the serving dish, with the end facing end up on the biggest chicken piece.
Take the roasted asparagus and gently put on top of the smaller chicken pieces. Take the dandelion greens and mix them with 2 Tbsp each of olive oil, chopped parsley, and chives in a small bowl. Once tossed, stack them on top of the chicken and asparagus.
Take the egg yolk out of the oil with a slotted spoon and nicely place it on top of the biggest chicken piece. Add a small amount of salt and chives on top of the yolk.
Pour the chicken jus on the center of the asparagus and let it run down under the roasted chicken to the point when it creates a small pool.