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Chicken: The Delia Collection    by Delia Smith order for
by Delia Smith
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BBC Books, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This collection of Chicken recipes from Delia Smith is divided into seasons. At the back of the cookbook is a section on Sauces, followed by instructions on carving a chicken. The color photographs - of ingredients as well as completed recipes - are superb and enticing.

The first Spring recipe is an easily adapted Fast-roast Chicken with Lemon and Tarragon. I like the look of Stir-fried Chicken with Lime and Coconut, or how about Creamed Chicken with Avocado? In Summer we have cold presentations like Curried Chicken Salad. Chicken and Herb Picnic Pies (with sausage meat) look tasty, and there's a good selection of kebabs and barbecues. On to Autumn (Fall) whose Oven-baked Chicken in Maple Barbecue Sauce will be on my dinner menu soon. Chicken Feuilletés seem like a great party buffet choice, and Chicken Saltimbocca (in a Marsala wine sauce) looks delicious and elegant for a dinner party. Last comes Winter, with Chicken Baked with 30 Cloves of Garlic (make that one for Halloween to keep the vampires away!) I've always wanted to make Chicken Satay at home, and this recipe looks very manageable. Delia calls her Chicken and Leek Pot Pie comfort food, and it certainly appeals to my taste buds for a chill, wintry evening.

These recipes use fresh ingredients (including herbs), seem simple to prepare, but are all a little out of the ordinary. Since the advent of cholesterol concerns in our family, we eat chicken regularly, so I am always looking for new ways to serve it. I need look no further.

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