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  • Chicken Escalopes

    What are chicken escalopes that are needed for this months cook along? I have not heard of these and don't know where to buy them?

    From the nigella team:

    An escalope (sometimes called scallop) is a thin piece of meat or poultry. It is a thin slice of meat which is pounded to make it thinner (around 2-3mm or 1/8 inch thick). As it is cooked quickly in a frying pan it is usually a tender cut of meat such as chicken or turkey breast or veal.

    If you can't find chicken escalopes at your butcher or supermarket then it is fairly easy to make them. Take a chicken breast and lay it on a chopping board (cutting board). Cover the breast with clingflilm (plastic wrap) or greaseproof paper and pound with a mallet, rolling pin or the base of a small heavy saucepan until thin - you will need to pound the thicker end of the breast a little more than the thinner end to make sure the escalope is an even thickness all the way along. If the chicken breast is large or thick then it is easier to cut through the breast horizontally and open it out (like a book) before covering and pounding it.

    For the Cookalong you will need to use one small chicken breast (125g/4 1/2 ounces) per escalope.

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