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Chicken In Wine

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  Boiling roasting chicken 4 Pound
  Butter 1 1⁄2 Ounce
  Salad oil 1 Tablespoon
  Smoked streaky bacon 4 Ounce
  Baby onions 12
  Celery stick 2 , finely chopped
  Mushrooms 6 Ounce, quartered
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), crushed
  Flour 2 Tablespoon
  Red burgundy 3⁄4 Pint
  Water 1⁄4 Pint
  Bay leaf 1
  Fresh thyme sprig/1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 1
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper 1
  Fried bread triangles 5 Small

Wash and dry the chicken and cut into 6 joints.
Melt 1 oz. (2T) butter in a pan with the oil and fry the bacon cubes until golden brown.
Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on kitchen paper.
Fry the chicken until brown, turning once.
Put the joints, with the bacon, into a 3 pint (8 cup) ovenproof casserole.
Fry the onions with the celery in the fat remaining in the pan until soft, then add to the casserole.
Melt the remaining butter in the pan, add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes, then put to one side, on kitchen paper.
Blend the garlic and flour with the fat remaining in the pan.
Cook gently until browned, stirring frequently.
Add the wine, water, herbs and seasoning to taste.
Simmer until the mixture has thickened.
Pour over the chicken joints in the casserole and add the giblets.
Cover and cook at 325°F, Gas Mark 3 for 1 1/2-4 hours, depending on the size of the bird and whether it is a boiling or roasting chicken.
When almost tender remove the giblets and bay leaf from the casserole.
Stir in the mushrooms and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Skim off any excess fat with absorbent kitchen paper.
Check the seasoning and garnish with fried bread triangles before serving.

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