Sunday, 16 August 2015

Recipe: summer chicken

With thanks to my blog friend, Diane of Good Morning Early Readers, who gave me the idea.

one chicken joint - I used a leg joint
two cloves of garlic
about ten mini tomatoes or four ordinary ones
one medium onion
half a red pepper
six mushrooms (I used chestnut mushrooms)
some olive oil
zest of half a lemon
salt, pepper, sugar
a sprig of thyme and of oregano (or use dried herbs)
some olives

Halve or quarter the tomatoes.
Deseed and chunk the pepper.
Wipe and halve the mushrooms - I used the stalks as well, just cut off the very bottom bit.
Peel the onion and cut into wedges
Peel the garlic

Place all these in a bowl.  Add the lemon zest, the herbs and a glug of olive oil.  Mix it well, cover with cling film and leave to infuse.

Heat the oven to around 170C

Tip the vegetable mixture into a roasting dish.  Sprinkle over some salt, pepper and a bit of sugar.  Top with the chicken joint.  Cover with foil and bake in the oven for three quarters of an hour.

Remove from the oven, take off the foil, add some olives and stir them in, then it put back in the oven for 15 mins to finish off by which time the chicken skin should be nice and brown.

Serve immediately.

I just had it on its own but it would be nice with rice.


  1. Ooo this sounds delicious apart from the olives! Yuk!

  2. It is a great recipe for using up odds and ends of vegetables that otherwise languish in the fridge.

  3. Rachel, as Diane says, it's useful for all sports of bits and bobs so if you don't like olives, don't add them. I would have added some courgette but didn't have any!
    It's really delicious, Diane, thanks very much for the idea in the first place. The lemon zest made a huge difference!
    J x

  4. Sounds delish and looks simple. Great for me ! xx

  5. It is very tasty and I shall make it again soon. I have courgette from the allotment now so will add some.
    J x

  6. I would love to try this.
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  7. Hi, Pamela. I had it again another day and it was just as delicious. Definitely one to keep! :-)
    J x