Preheat oven to 550 degrees. Mix the soy sauce, honey, Dijon and black pepper in a small bowl. Liberally rub the poussin inside and out with the rub. Place poussin breast side up, in the oven and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Simultaneously, toss the beets, garlic and olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper. Make an aluminum papillote (air-tight folded package), enclose the beet mixture and place in the same oven. May have to rotate the chicken for even coloring. When chicken is fully browned, turn the oven down to 300 degrees. Cover with foil to prevent burning. Chicken will take another 15 to 25 minutes. Beets will be done at the same time. Check by opening the papillote and piercing a beet. Should be soft. Chicken is done when the wing can be moved back and forth with great ease. Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving. In a food processor, add the beet mixture and puree. Add the horseradish and butter and check for seasoning. Keep warm.
In a saucepan, add the shallots, wine and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and completely reduce the liquid. Add the cream and soy sauce and bring to a simmer. Strain and transfer mixture to a blender and blend at high speed, adding the butter 1 piece at a time. Season with white pepper and check. Keep warm in a ba
Plating: Take the breast off of the bone and slice on the bias. Place mound of beet puree in the back center of the plate and surround with chicken slices. Top with leg/thigh and sauce around the mound. Garnish with chive batons.
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