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Digital Subscriptions > delicious. Magazine > May-17 > THE ULTIMATE TARRAGON CHICKEN


This month, to celebrate spring, our recipe comes from Great Dixter House & Gardens in Suffolk, whose recipes have been gathered in a cookbook showcasing the flavours of homegrown produce. Great Dixter was the family home of the late Christopher Lloyd, an influential gardening writer. Aaron Bertelsen is now in charge of the estate’s flourishing vegetable garden


The marriage of tarragon and chicken is one made in heaven, and more than enough reason to grow the herb. At Great Dixter I grow it in pots that sit in the courtyard outside the kitchen. This is Christopher Lloyd’s recipe and it’s unbeatable, but do take the time to brown the chicken properly at the start, ideally in a cast-iron pot. The iron gets very hot, then holds the heat, so the chicken takes on more colour while it cooks in the oven. AARON BERTELSEN, GARDENER AND COOK, GREAT DIXTER

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The May issue of delicious. has everything you need for the best bank holiday feasting, with a laid-back brunch, juicy tarragon roast chicken, proper lemon curd sponges and more. If you’re planning a walk, be sure to pack the brilliant picnic dishes from River Cottage’s Gill Meller. You’ll also find homemade scampi, duck ragù, good-for-you veggie ideas and easy midweek meals, plus the rules and recipes guaranteed to lift your cooking to the next level.