Recipe Shed: Burns’ Night Haggis-Stuffed Chicken Breast and Whisky Sauce

I bought quite a big haggis at the weekend, so I’ve cut it in half and used one half for this delicious midweek feast and will have the rest, baked, on Burns Night itself, tomorrow (25th).

I cooked mine in the Sous Vide, but if you haven’t got one, not to worry: just write the chicken parcel very tightly in two sheets of Clingfilm, taking care to tie up the ends, then immerse in a pan of deep simmering water for around 40 mins to ensure the chicken is cooked all the way through and is incredibly moist and juicy.

Serves 2

8 thin slices Parma ham
2 chicken breasts, butterflied and flattened with the palm of your hand
1 slice haggis, cut into finger thick sticks
1 tbsp olive oil

For the whisky sauce
250ml double cream
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp whisky
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to season

1. For each chicken breast, lay 4 slices ham on a sheet of Clingfilm.

2. Lay the chicken breast on top.

3. Lay two sticks of haggis in the centre of each breast.

4. Roll very tightly into a cylinder. Then roll again in another sheet of Clingfilm.

5. Cook in the Sous Vide at 63C for 1 hour, or simmer in a saucepan of water for 45 mins.

6. Remove the wrapping. Heat the oil in a frying pan and sear the chicken all over, so that the ham becomes brown and slightly crispy.

7. Meanwhile, make the whisky sauce by putting all the ingredients into a saucepan and gently heat through until the alcohol from the whisky has evaporated.

8. Carve the chicken breasts into thick slices and drizzle the sauce over.

9. Serve with mashed potatoes with sauteed leaks folded through.




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7 Responses to Recipe Shed: Burns’ Night Haggis-Stuffed Chicken Breast and Whisky Sauce

  1. Diane prince

    Looks flipping good mate! I’ve only ever had haggis on a Scottish breakfast!! It was lush!

  2. John B

    wow. love the idea to wrap it in cling film and simmer. Had this at a wedding in edinburgh last week and it was amazing. can’t wait to try this.

  3. John J

    Made this as per your recipe but with a chicken stock gravy……… Went down really well and was deliciously succulent and not dry as I had sampled in some places. Thanks for the tip of cooking in cling film as I had not done this before and I this this keeps the chicken moist before given the pan fry finish to crisp up the bacon. Brilliant and many thanks.

  4. Adrian

    I have tried this recipe with great success without the wrapping in cling film and simmering, however if using the simmering method could I do the simmering ahead of the meal and then follow the searing method to reheat or would it dry out the chicken?

    • I haven’t made this recipe yet Adrian but I would imagine that the heat and time required to brown the ham wouldn’t be sufficient to heat the chicken and haggis throughout if reheating from chilled ie centre of chicken parcel would need to reach 72 degrees C for 2 minutes (Sorry, I’m a food technologist!). Hope this helps.

  5. Love the sound and look of this recipe and trying it tomorrow for a belated Burns supper. Can you prep the chicken parcel the night before?