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Hasselback Hunters Chicken

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Hunters chicken is one of those classic pub dishes that has stood the test of time. It's a marvellous thing, a simple combination of the world's most ubiquitous fowl, the people's favourite cheese and the life affirming properties of BBQ sauce. Sit down with one of these bad boys, a plate of chips and a side salad if you like that sort of thing.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F.
  2. Cut slits in the chicken all the way down and lay in a skillet.
  3. Whisk together passata, BBQ sauce, thyme and a little salt then brush all over the chicken breasts. Place a small piece of bacon and cheddar between each slit. Pour over remaining sauce if you wish.
  4. Sprinkle with more salt and bake for 30 - 40 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese has melted and gone all lovely.
  5. Serve with chips and a salad.