2Begin by shredding the smoked chicken and then cutting the mushrooms into quarters. Peel and dice the garlic and the shallots (keep the 2 shallots separate). Pick and chop the fresh parsley.
3Heat a frying pan and add a little olive oil. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, butter and one of the shallots. Allow the shallots to soften and then add the chicken and parsley to the pan. Stir through and then remove from the heat and allow to cool.
4Cut the puff pastry into 6 portions. Separate the chicken mixture into 6 portions and place on top of the puff pastry. Wrap the pastry around the chicken mixture, brush with a little melted butter and then bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
5Peel the carrots and cut into batons. Place in a pan of boiling water and cook until tender. Drain and then transfer to a hot pan with a little butter. Allow to caramelise and finsih with a drizzle of honey.
6Spread the flaked almonds on to a baking sheet and cook in the oven until golden brown. Break the broccoli into small florets and then cook in boiling water until tender. Drain and finish with a few pieces of butter and the roasted flaked almonds. Season with salt and pepper.
7For the sauce: chop the tarragon. Fry the remaining shallots in a small amount of butter until dark brown. Add a tablespoon of flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock and cook until the sauce thickens. Stir in the tarragon and remove from the heat.
8Serve the chicken en croute on a bed of carrots and broccoli. Pour the sauce over the dish and serve immediately.
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