Roast poussins with wild mushroom sauce

Roast poussins with wild mushroom sauce

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Prep: 35 mins Cook: 45 mins plus soaking

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Serves 4

Impress any dinner party guests with Tom Kerridge's indulgent main dish - everyone is served their own little roast chicken

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal839
  • fat64g
  • saturates35g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre1g
  • protein49g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 4 poussin
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed with their skins on
  • 16 thyme sprigs
  • 4 large pieces of lemons peel



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

For the wild mushroom sauce

  • 200ml white wine
  • 25g dried morels or dried porcini mushrooms (see Tip)
  • 2 banana shallots, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 8 thyme sprigs, tied together with string
  • 300ml double cream
  • 50ml dry sherry
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Baby Gem lettuce, blowtorched, to serve (see Tip)


  1. First, make the sauce. Bring the white wine to the boil and pour it on top of the dried mushrooms. Cover with cling film and leave to soak and rehydrate for 1 hr. After this time, pass the wine through a fine sieve into a saucepan and put the mushrooms to one side. Add the shallots and garlic to the wine. Put the pan on a medium-high heat until the wine has reduced by two-thirds, and the shallots are soft and translucent. Add the tied-up sprigs of thyme, the mushrooms and double cream. Bring the cream to the boil and gently simmer until it has reduced by a third. Remove from the heat, season, pour in the Sherry and turn off the heat until serving. Can be made 2 days ahead.

  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Stuff the cavity of each poussin with 2 garlic cloves, 4 sprigs of thyme and a piece of lemon peel. For neat presentation, you can now tie the poussin legs together, but this isn’t essential. Smear the butter over the poussins, put in a shallow roasting tin and cook for 30-35 mins until the legs easily come away from the bird, or until a digital cooking thermometer reads 75C when inserted in the breast. Take out of the oven, baste with the buttery cooking juices and leave to rest for 15 mins.

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Lyme Regis
30th Dec, 2014
How do I best reheat the mushroom sauce when serving?
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7th Jan, 2015
Hi Lyme Regis, thanks for your question. The best thing to do is heat the sauce gently in a saucepan until piping hot. 
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