Tuesday, 14 April 2009

easy chicken dish

Having not had a proper cooked meal for quite some time now, i was craving roast chicken... here's a simple one-pot chicken dish adapted from Feed Me Now that hit the spot last night.

baked chicken with lemon, potato & green olives - serves 2

500g roasting potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 small red onion, peeled and cut into wedges
handful of green olives
1/2 lemon, sliced
30g diced pancetta
1 x bay leaf
generous teaspoon of tomato puree
generous teaspoon balsamic vinegar
60ml chicken stock
4 x chicken pieces (with bone and skin)
extra virgin olive oil
4 x chicken thighs (or any chicken pieces)
1 small red onion
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
here's how:
Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.
Place potatoes in a roasting tin or ovenproof dish.
Scatter over the onion, olives, lemon, pancetta and bay leaves.
Stir the tomato paste and balsamic vinegar into the chicken stock and pour over the potatoes.
Lay the chicken pieces on top, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Roast for 45-50 minutes or until the chicken is golden and cooked through.
Transfer the chicken to a warm plate, cover with foil and set aside to rest in a warm place.
Increase the oven setting to 220C/Gas 7 and return the roasting pan to the oven for 10 minutes or until the potatoes etc are well coloured (you may wish to drain off some of the cooking juices).
Place the chicken pieces back on top of the potatoes, scatter over some fresh herbs if you havew some, and serve.

This was delicious on its own but could easily be served with extra veg, however you like it.



Rhyleysgranny said...

I love these one pot dinners especially with chicken. Yours looks delicious. One to try.

Anonymous said...

Yum, that looks great! And it looks like less hassle than cooking a whole chook.

houseenvy said...

How are you finding this book in general, Lisa? It's on offer in Waitrose and I was thinking of investing - taking the title literally I am hoping it will provide some quick-fix family meals...?

Lisa said...

Thank you Rhyleysgranny and Rachel!

HE - it is a nice book to flick through but i'm not sure if all the recipes will be that quick and easy to prepare, and some have quite a list of ingredients. If you are after fast family friendly food using store cupboard ingredients, i would probably recommend Nigella Express over this one. Or, if you like a more interesting read, Tessa Kiros' Apples for Jam is lovely and will be my next recipe book of the week!