Creamy chicken and wholegrain mustard and mushroom sauce
To accompany 2 leftover chicken legs we made Ottolenghi's sauce :
1 tbsp sunflower oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 15g unsalted butter 1 large onion, peeled and finely diced Some thyme sprigs from the garden 200g mushrooms, halved 1 tsp paprikapowder 200ml chicken stock from our freezer 2 tsp wholegrain mustard 80g double cream 8 small gherkins, cut in half lengthways Some parsley leaves, roughly chopped Some tarragon leaves, roughly chopped (in the garden they were frozen, so we used dry ones from a pot)
Put the oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the butter, onion and thyme, and saute for five minutes, until softened. Add the mushrooms, cook for eight minutes, until they take on a little colour, then add the paprika, half a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of pepper. Stir, cook for a minute, then add the stock and mustard. Cook for five or so minutes, to thicken the sauce, stir through the cream and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes more; if the sauce needs further thickening, reduce the sauce. Off the heat, stir in the gherkins, parsley and tarragon, and serve piping hot – mashed potato or plain boiled rice would make a very happy partner, but we didn'tl.