Chicken with pearl barley

Amazing dish for increasing mileage

The recipe I have developed for you this week is very high in protein, using both chicken and eggs. Protein is just essential for runners and athletes for muscle repair and recovery. The carbs element comes from the pearl barley which I love to cook with as it's got a lovely texture.  It is relatively foolproof to cook and by cooking the barley in chicken stock, you are increasing the protein in the dish. Some fresh herbs, two soft poached eggs and sprouting broccoli, will finish off a hearty but very healthy and nutritious training meal.

Written by Alan Murchison

Alan is a Michelin chef, restaurateur and cookery author who has appeared regularly on the Great British Menu, both as a competitor and a mentor. He currently runs a string of Michelin-starred restaurants.

Ingredients

Serves 2

2 free range chicken breasts
2 tbsp olive oil
200g pearl barley
1 large carrot finely diced
350ml chicken stock
2/3 large shallots or small onions
1 bunch sprouting broccoli
2 poached eggs
Mixed chopped herbs, parsley, chervil, tarragon & chives

Chicken with pearl barley

 

Method

Start by pan-frying the chicken breast in the olive oil until golden brown, for around 2/3 minutes. Then add the halved shallots and place into a pre-heated oven at 190 degrees for 15/20 minutes.


Cook the pearl barely by simmering in the chicken stock with the diced carrot for 15/18 minutes until tender. When soft, cook over a higher temperature until the stock has reduced. Set aside. Poach eggs and broccoli as standard. Re-heat the pearl barley and stir in a mix of fresh chopped herbs.

 

Ingredients

2 free range chicken breasts 2 tbsp olive oil 200g pearl barley 1 large carrot finely diced 350ml chicken stock 2/3 large shallots or small onions 1 bunch sprouting broccoli 2 poached eggs Mixed chopped herbs, parsley, chervil, tarragon & chives

Vital Statistics

Serves: 2
Preparation: 20
Cooking: 20
Difficulty: Easy
Good for: Increased mileage

Calories (kcal): 650
Protein (g): 80
Carbs (g): 55
Fat (g): 37
Fiber (g): 55

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