We were thrilled to be asked to take part in Fairtrade Fortnight with The Midcounties Co-operative from 27th February – 11th March. We absolutely love the Arniston Bay Fairtrade wine, discovered many years ago following my dad hearing that it gives less of a hangover. So back to Fairtrade Fortnight, two weeks of the year when the The Midcounties Co-operative, among others, raise awareness about the importance of ethical food practices, showing how buying Fairtrade makes a difference to the lives of farmers in developing countries.
To celebrate the The Midcounties Co-operative created some delicious recipes using fairtrade ingredients… this chicken with sage, mustard and white wine recipe uses Co-op fairtrade wine
Recipe: Chicken with Sage, Mustard and Fairtrade Wine
- 12 fresh sage leaves
- 100g butter, softened
- 4tsp wholegrain mustard
- Salt and ground black pepper 4 chicken breasts
- 8 slices prosciutto
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 125ml Fairtrade white wine (pick your favourite)
- 1 garlic clove
1. Begin by preparing a sage butter by finely chopping sage leaves and mixing them with butter and mustard (to your taste).
2. Slice into the side of each chicken breast to form a pocket and stuff with the mixture.
Wrap two prosciutto slices tightly around each one to secure and heat in a frying pan for around two minutes on each side to seal.
3. Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F/Gas 3, place the prosciutto-wrapped chicken onto a tray and cook for 20 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the oven and rest for ten minutes.
In the meantime, pour the cooking juices from the baking tray and into a saucepan and mix with the wine and crushed garlic clove, cooking for a few minutes to reduce.
4. Finally, slice each chicken breast into five strips and pour the sauce on top.
Serve with a side of your choice – the Co-op recommend mashed potato and vegetables. We had brown rice, carrots and broccoli.
I chose this recipe as I’m always on the look out for easy to cook recipes for dinner. I should change that to easy to cook nice recipes, creating foods like we’d order in restaurants or get in a supermarket dinner from £10. Crafting such dishes from scratch is just so satisfying, and it smelled so delicious making up the sauce to stuff in the chicken breasts and of course sipping a glass of wine as I cooked.
I’m looking forward to using this recipe as a basis for other dishes. Using mustard was particularly eye-opening as I’ve never used it before and it was so delicious. You probably think I’ve been living under a rock never using mustard, but it’s just been something I’d put on burgers or in hot dogs, with the occasional shop bought mustardy chicken sauce.
I absolutely recommend this recipe – if you try it tag me on social media, I’d love to see your pictures and hear how delicious you found it too!
Fairtrade & Fairtrade Fortnight
The fairtrade mark is an independent guarantee that producers in the developing world are getting a better deal.
Every product that carries the mark is independently inspected by international Fairtrade standards and is sold at a minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production plus an extra premium that is invested in social or economic development projects to make a positive di erence to the lives of producers and their communities.
The Co-operative became the first mainstream retailer to support Fairtrade in 1992, and The Midcounties Co-operative has always been proud to play a role in supporting producers in ensuring they get a fair deal.