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Chicken in the Heather with Cauliflower, Whisky & Cheese - Outlander on STARZ Episode 113

At the end of the last episode, there was trouble in the parlour, and I'm not talking about another cat fight between Claire and Jenny. No my dearies, it seems The Black Watch has come to Lallybroch, and our hero a wanted man without his pardon...what are the Frasers and Murrays to do?

Host their unwelcome guests to dinner, of course!

While looking for inspiration for this week, I found a couple of recipes on Rampant Scotland with flavours that caught my eye. Although probably from the mid-20th Century, almost all of the ingredients (or variations thereof) were available in Jenny's pantry at Lallybroch.

The recipes were rather old-fashioned, though. Sometimes, as in the case of Scotch Broth, a 200 YO recipe needs no updating at all. But most of the time, even recipes from the middle of the last century need a little help to fit into our lives here in the 21st.


I can't help but think of the Game of Throne dragons every time I look at this pic -- although they'd probably have trouble getting off the ground with breasts that big -- but I digress.

I have great intentions of doing a few "in the kitchen" videos, but I haven't found the time yet. One of the first will be how to cut up a chicken, which takes less than 5 minutes once you've had some practice. It's cheaper than buying chicken pieces, and it leaves you with the backbone so you can make a big pot of homemade stock.

The only thing I forgot to do for my picture above was cut off the wing tips, which I keep to throw into the stock pot.

Here's a video from the NY Times that does the job almost the same way I do:

If you're making these for a pre-show dinner on Saturday night, the best plan is to start the chicken first. Get it into the oven, then move on to the cauliflower, which takes about 15 minutes less cooking time.

Once both dishes are out of the oven, let them rest for 10-15 minutes before you serve. That resting time gives the sauces a chance to thicken and settle so that it's easier to dish them up at the table.

cauliflower whisky cheese

The mushrooms and whisky added to what is basically a classic cauliflower cheese lend a complex earthiness to the dish that both My Englishman and I really loved. Wild mushrooms would add even more flavour than the buttons I used.

The red pepper is admittedly anachronistic, but the dish desperately needed some I went for it.

Perhaps not as brave as how far Tobias went for it last week, but we all have to work within our own comfort levels.

Chicken in the Heather

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05 May 2015 - 12:37pm

Julia Baker

Both were delicious! The recipes were easy to follow. Husband is usually a purist with his vegetables, but said "Be sure to keep this cauliflower recipe."

22 May 2015 - 3:42am

Marcia Steadman

Tried the chicken tonight for dinner. My daughter who tends to be rather a picky eater loved it. Had to use clover honey instead of heather but tasted wonderful. Served with rice and cooked carrots. Thanks for the inspiration.

10 Jun 2015 - 12:14am


You should do a cookbook. Everything I've read or tried has been delicious.


Coming up in 2016! To be published by the Random House Group

28 Apr 2015 - 12:14pm


Oh we will be having this for our Saturday "Outlander Feast" night.

28 Apr 2015 - 12:21pm

Georgia Burns

Thanks for the video, Theresa. I feel empowered to cut up a chicken now. And this recipe looks worthy of the learning curve. Can't wait to try it.

28 Apr 2015 - 12:38pm

Anna Lapping

Another winner, Theresa. I'm going to forward this to my daughter so she can make it for her family (all boys/and her husband). I think they will love the honey mustard sauce, as will my husband. We're always looking for new ways with chicken. She may leave out the mushrooms in the cauliflower, but I certainly won't. Great idea, and I can't wait to try the ground oatmeal as the thickener for the sauce. Thank you.

28 Apr 2015 - 3:51pm

Cristin Watts

oooh Yum!

28 Apr 2015 - 5:22pm

Carol Mackey

Thank you, Theresa! Both recipes sound delicious, and I will be trying them as soon as I get the ingredients. One of my sons has recently concluded that he is sensitive to gluten. Using the oat "flour" as a thickener is going to be a great thing for him. I'm wondering if you couldn't adapt this recipe to mac and cheese, using cauliflower in place of pasta? Not an 18th century recipe, but . . . crumbled bacon on top, maybe?? --I should eat breakfast before I "visit" with you! Your recipe for Scotch Broth turned out very well, by the way. Made it in my Crock Pot, and the only thing I would change is to roast the bones first for more flavor (beef). Not being a Kale kind of person, I used Savoy Cabbage, which probably made it more bland. Thanks again--and happy "Outlander" viewing!! :-)

28 Apr 2015 - 8:34pm

Bird Lady

Sounds great! What is fine oatmeal? I have rolled oats. (I just finished enjoying the barley and figs.Yum!)


Fine oatmeal is ground oats...see the notes at the bottoms of the recipe. :)

28 Apr 2015 - 10:17pm

Jan Anderson

oh yum! This looks great and I'm going for it! The Outlander viewing lassies will love it! So far they've loved everything so kudos to you for that! The Scotch Broth was a hit, but OMG the BREAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One lassie ate 3 pieces before dinner even started! haha It was outrageously good and my hubby is now asking me if I can make it every week! He said, and I quote: "We'll never have to buy pre-made bread ever again!" Yes, thanks for that! haha Question: (Since I'm a dweeb in the kitchen) If I double all these recipes to serve our large group, do I have to add cooking time? Especially to the chicken? Does it take more oven energy to cook a larger quantity at one time? Sorry I'm so lame!

28 Apr 2015 - 10:59pm

Gayle Hesse

Hi Theresa, This sounds great, as do all your recipes. A questions about the title - is this recipe for Episode 114 or 113? You have shown the Scotch Broth recipe as being associated with Episode 112, so I thought this would be for 113. Heaven forbid we should miss an episode! Gayle

28 Apr 2015 - 11:28pm


Theresa, Gosh, this sounds great! I lea ed a new way to cut the breasts of chicken. I've been cutting up whole chickens for forty-plus years, but I just did a "side-ways" cut, not down the middle. I like the idea of 4 smaller pieces, thanks for the video. I also never realized about the guidance of the fat lines, I just used "feel". My Mom needed to cook two whole ones to feed our hungry family of six. (I'm the "little one" at 5'8".) The back and ribs are about my favorite for eating when fried, so I guess I've never thought of them as "bonus for stock." Now that there's usually just two of us for dinner, I may buy more whole chickens and make more stock. Thanks for this post! I'm going to also share it with my daughter.

28 Apr 2015 - 11:36pm


Am making Scotch broth tonight! Can't wait to do this chicken dish -- love the nutmeg in the recipe! ms. yoshimi

29 Apr 2015 - 6:43pm


This sounds amazing?! Is there any type of substitution I could use for the honey to keep the sugars down?


You could simply use less honey...but I encourage you to use the full amount. It's delicious, and not that much sugar when spread across the servings.

29 Apr 2015 - 7:28pm

Alice Dyment

This is not the first time I've read that boiling water should taste like the sea. Pasta should also be cooked in this way. However, I live in central Canada, which is a long way from the sea, so I am not sure how salty this should be. Can you be a bit more precise please?


That's actually pretty precise taste wise...maybe try with 1 tablespoon per litre, then taste and see what you think?

01 May 2015 - 5:31pm

Betty ForbesHarris

Lovely site, looking forward to trying your recipes...they sound so good..... Thank you, Betty

02 May 2015 - 9:26pm


Making the chicken recipe now!!! I used spicy brown mustard and wildflower pure honey (it's what I had on hand). Hope it tastes good!

03 May 2015 - 12:30pm

Renee Hedden

I made the chicken last night but as there only two of us, I used 2 chicken breasts with the bone in. It was delicious! Very quick & easy to put together. We didn't have the cauliflower; we had roasted, small potatoes. While the chicken was roasting we had time to sit by the fire pit with a glass of wine and a scotch whiskey. This recipe is now going into our rotation of dinners! Thank you :)

06 May 2015 - 12:46am


My whole family inhaled these recipes! I felt so proud of myself for cutting up a chicken. Thanks very much for the opportunity to learn a new skill! The extra chicken sauce mixed with mayo as a salad dressing was to die for. rnYum!!

06 May 2015 - 2:54pm


This will be a yummy supper tonight... Thanks, Helen in Ark.

03 Jun 2015 - 8:13pm

Bird Lady

I made Chicken in the Heather last night. I used some very delicious wildflower honey. After the chicken baked and was resting I poured the sauce into a sauce pan and reduced it a bit to concentrate the flavor. Then I put it in a bowl and spooned off some of the chicken fat. Yum! Yum! Yum! YUM! Tonight we will have the leftovers, pulled off the bones and mixed sauce and mayo.

28 Nov 2015 - 10:55pm


This is in the oven and smelling soooo good. I used boneless skinless chicen thighs as that was what I had. Also just had a regular honey, I would never find heather honey on this little island. Also had no red peppers, so used red onions, which won't give color, but the sauce tasted so good! Can't wait to eat the whole meal.

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