Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.Using a sharp knife, slit the skin of each of the chicken breasts and place a sprig of thyme under the skin of each breast. Fold back the skin and season both sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat an ovenproof frying pan until medium-hot, then place the chicken in the pan, skin-side down, and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden-brown. Make sure the pan is not too hot so that the skin does not shrink back too much.

Turn the chicken over and fry for a further minute, then place in the oven to roast for about 15-20 minutes, or until cooked all the way through (you will know the chicken is cooked as the juices will run clear when a skewer is inserted into the breast).

Meanwhile, heat a saucepan of salted water until boiling. Add the potato and boil for one minute. Prepare a bowl of ice cold water and, once the the potatoes have cooked, add them to the bowl of iced water. Once the potatoes are cool, drain again. Repeat this boiling, draining, refreshing and draining process with the pancetta.

Remove the chicken breasts from the oven and place them onto a plate. Cover with aluminium foil and leave in a warm place to rest for about five minutes. Heat a frying pan until hot and add the olive oil and the refreshed potato and pancetta. Fry for 1-2 minutes until the potato and pancetta are golden-brown. Add the chervil.

Drain and discard any fat from the frying pan, add a splash of water and stir to make a sauce. Add a knob of lactose free butter. Divide the potatoes and  pancetta between two plates, retaining the liquid for drizzling.

Carve each chicken breast into three and place on top of the vegetables and pancetta. Drizzle the remaining sauce over.


2 chicken breasts, skin on

salt and freshly ground black pepper

200g/7oz small new potatoes, sliced 0.5cm/¼in thick

200g/7oz pancetta, thinly sliced

1 tbsp olive oil

2 sprigs fresh thyme

2 sprigs fresh chervil

knob of lactose free butter

Roasted chicken breast with herbs and potatoes

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