Hairy Bikers' Somerset chicken recipe

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Hairy Bikers' Somerset chicken is a fruity and creamy dish, that brings together classic flavours of the South West of England.

Somerset chicken - Hairy Bikers
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories922 Kcal46%
Sugar8.7 g10%
Fat58.6 g84%
Saturated Fat32.2 g161%
Salt1.99 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein58.7 g117%
Carbohydrates38.0 g15%
Salt1.99 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Hairy Bikers' Somerset chicken is a fruity and creamy dish, that brings together classic flavours of the South West of England.

This Somerset chicken recipe combines chicken breast with apples, mushrooms and onions with a delicious mustard and cider chicken stock, cream, and sage. Once baked, the dish is then sprinkled with Cheddar and grilled - leaving you with a golden and bubbling cheesy topping. Serve with a baked potato and a generous knob of butter. This Somerset chicken recipe features in the Hairy Bikers' BBC series, Food Tour of Britain.


  • 6 boneless chicken breasts, skin on
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 75g butter
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 4tbsp plain flour
  • 2tbsp grain mustard
  • 2 dessert apples, peeled and sliced into batons
  • 110g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 300ml cider
  • 250ml double cream
  • 1tbsp finely chopped sage leaves
  • 300g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 6 baked potatoes




  1. To make this chicken breast recipe, preheat the oven to 200°C (gas mark 6). Season the chicken breasts with salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat a large saute pan and add 2tbsp of the oil and 50g of the butter.
  3. Fry the chicken breasts in batches for 1-2 mins on each side until golden. Put them into a deep-sided oven tray and roast for 25 mins until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Add the remaining butter and oil to the pan and cook the onions for 4-5 mins until softened but not coloured. Add the flour and mustard to the pan and cook for another 2 mins. Add the apples and button mushrooms and cook for 1 min. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to the boil, then pour in the cider. Bring back to the boil and cook for 5 mins. Add the cream and sage, cook for another 5 mins, then season with salt and black pepper.
  5. Take the chicken out of the oven and pour the sauce into the dish to cover the chicken completely. Preheat the grill to high. Sprinkle the cheese over the chicken and place under the grill for 5 mins until the cheese is melted, golden and bubbling. Serve with jacket potatoes topped with a knob of butter.

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Hairy Bikers

Simon King and David Myers are the fantastic duo that make up the Hairy Bikers and are best known as Si and Dave. The Hairy Bikers have several cookbooks published including How to Love Food and Lose Weight and Eat for Life. Hairy Biker recipes are always triple tested and try to be as fuss-free as possible so you can trust the timings. Si and Dave have also had several hit cooking shows as they remain as one of the UK’s favourite cookery duos.