All posts tagged: Chicken

Thyme & Orange Roast Chicken with Potato Gratin, A Short-Cut Sunday Roast

It’s been a freezing cold, snowy day and we’ve been decorating, building Lego ice stations and watching movies… Sunday is a roast day, but given that we were elbow-deep in decorating, it was a short-cut roast.  But a delicious short-cut…  The potato gratin was the most time consuming (cooking time), otherwise we roasted chicken breasts to save time and fuss… Those lovely folk at the veg box place had sent us a bunch of Thyme this week and suggested using it with orange, which is what I did… and it was absolutely lovely… So here’s our short-cut Sunday roast!   Ingredients (Serves 4): 4 chicken breasts 1 Ruby Orange 1 small bunch thyme 5 medium potatoes 100g butter 2 cloves garlic 600 mls Single Cream Salt & pepper Parmesan or other hard cheese to top We had broccoli & green beans, but I’m sure any other veg would go just as well! Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C.  Place the chicken breasts in a roasting tray, grate the orange zest and squeeze the juice …

Moroccan Chicken Casserole & Giant Cous Cous

This is a warming, spicy dinner of good nourishment.  Great for a cold evening.  It’s hearty and fills the house with a sweet spicy smell…   Ingredients (serves 4): 4 Chicken Thighs 3 preserved lemons (or 1 unwaxed fresh lemon) 3 small red onions (or 1 large red onion) 4 cloves garlic 25 olives 12 organic dried apricots bunch of fresh coriander 2 tins plum tomatoes 2 cinnamon sticks Olive oil For the spice mix: 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp mace 2 cinnamon sticks 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp ground cumin For the cous cous: around 75g cous cous per person Method: 1. Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in an oven proof dish on the hob. Pre-heat the oven to 180C 2. Place the chicken thighs in the pan and brown all over for around 10 minutes.  Remove from the pan. 3. Chop the onion, crush the garlic and add to the pan that the chicken was in, adding a little more oil if …

Chicken Schnitzel & Sauerkraut Salad

Chicken Schnitzel and Sauerkraut are definitely soulmates…  Each stands alone, but together they are a power couple of deliciousness.  There’s a reason that they’re a classic combination and even if you think you don’t like one, the chances are, that together you’ll love them… The Schnitzel-Sauerkrauts. Ingredients (Serves 2): 2 free-range organic chicken breasts 2 large handfuls of breadcrumbs 2 eggs Sprinkling of plain flour 2 large handfuls of watercress 1 avocado 2 handfuls toasted pinenuts 4 heaped tbsp sauerkraut 2 tbsp olive oil Method: 1. Heat the olive oil in a pan on the hob.  Beat the egg in to a wide bowl and have the breadcrumbs ready in another bowl close by. 2. Slice the chicken breast open length-ways (along the natural division of the meat). 2. Cover with cling film and bash until flat with a rolling pin.  The chicken breast will almost double in size… 3. Lightly sprinkle and rub in plain flour, coat in egg mixture and breadcrumbs. 4. Add to the pan and fry on both sides for around …

Harissa Roast Chicken & Warming Winter Bone Broth

Sundays throughout Autumn and Winter are for roast dinners in our house… It’s a really great time to come together as a family and the kids love the array of food on offer.  It means they eat well because they have control over their portions and food choices, albeit vegetables are compulsory!  But then aside from the meat it mainly is vegetables, in one form or another… We usually buy a chicken, it’s down to me, I just don’t enjoy very rich red meat, and it’s always free-range & organic.  We are so detached from the process of food production on the whole, but I have an underlying sense of responsibility for the quality of life the animal has lived.  Plus, I just don’t fancy eating the antibiotics & hormones pumped in to the non-organic farmed birds.  It’s seems cruel and it’s certainly has no health benefits for me, in fact probably quite the opposite.  So, with our organic chicken ready for the roast, this week I fancied something a little different, and went with …

Coconut Chicken & Cashew Nuts with Qunioa (starch me up with rice and I’m good too)

This dish has become a regular on the dinner scene in our house.  It originally came from health recipe by Lisa Richards from her anti-candida diet.  OK, don’t stop reading yet!  It’s full of anti-inflammatory turmeric and anti-fungal ginger & garlic.  It’s such a good cleansing meal, if that’s what you’re in the market for… Health benefits aside it’s a delicious Asian inspired good old spicy chicken and cashew nut recipe… The addition of cashews is ours, and I’m pretty sure they’d go against the Lisa Richards rules, but frankly, I like it better this way!  It’s quick too, around 25 minutes, so here goes: Ingredients (for 2): 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil 1 onion 2 cloves garlic grated thumb of ginger 1tsp red chilli flakes or 1 fresh red chilli 2 chicken breasts 1 can coconut milk 2 tsps turmeric 3 cavalo nero leaves or other green veg 2 handfuls raw cashew nuts 1 cup quinoa Handful fresh coriander Method: 1. Get a pan of water on the boil for the quinoa. …

Chilli Chicken Bestival Kebabs

So Tim spent last weekend at Bestival on the Isle of Wight… And amongst yoga, live music, DJs, Henna Tattoos and Ping Pong, there was food… Festival fuel!  Sadly I wasn’t there to experience it… But I did get a little flavour of the festival on Thursday night when Tim put together these ‘a little bit delicious’ (to borrow a phrase from our little one) Chilli Chicken Kebabs… My mouth is watering writing this up… Let us know how you get on with these because really they are a taste sensation!   Ingredients for 2 kebabs: at at the end you’ll need a spread of Houmous… Ingrdients for the wrap: 250g Wholemeal spelt flour 100ml warm water 2 tbsp rapeseed oil salt pepper 1tsp ground coriander Method for the wrap: 1. mix together the ingredients adding the water slowly. You need a dough that will roll out easily so not too sticky. 2. Split the dough in two, and roll out as thin as possible. Lay a 9″ plate (or size to fit your frying …