Monday, June 6, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner - Try it !

You have to try this one !!!!!!!!! I found it on this Martha Stewart site. I don't often recommend recipes, but this one has the thumbs up from me. My husband and kids loved it and so did I and it was so so SIMPLE !!!!!! Last night I put everything into a big tupperware container, i.e. chicken, beans, tomatoes and remaining ingredients, stirred it round, left it overnight to do its job, came home from work this afternoon, turned on the oven to heat, popped the chicken etc into a roasting dish (I put a sheet of baking paper on the base of the dish, saves scrubbing after) and stuck it in the oven for about 40 minutes or so. I used 6 chicken cutlets (removed most of the skin) and 4 chicken wings You could use a whole chicken and cut it up, or some chicken thigh fillets or even chicken breast if you want less fat. You can also just use a mix of drumsticks or marylands, it really does not matter. So here is what you do: 1 to 1.5kg chicken pieces (whatever you like, skin on or off, it does not matter) 1/3 cup olive oil 4 cloves garlic (roughly chopped) 1 teaspoon ground cumin 2 tablespoons paprika,(use a mix of hot, sweet and/or smoked, whatever you have) tiny sprinkle of chilli powder, more if you like it hot *1 teaspoon salt - the recipe says 2 tablespoons (way too much for me) 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 or 2 punnets of grape or cherry tomatoes 2 cans cannellini beans (washed and drained) 1/2 cup parsley (I did not use this as I did not have it) method: Mix together the olive oil, spices, salt, pepper, parsley and garlic etc in the dish you are going to use to marinate the chicken in (less dishes this way). Add the chicken pieces, beans and tomatoes making sure chicken is covered in the marinade all over. Store in fridge to marinate until ready for baking (several hours to overnight, whatever you like). Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius, pop everything in to a roasting dish, I laid a piece of baking paper on the base of the dish to make clean up easier, and simply bake for 35 - 45 minutes until chicken is nicely coloured and tomatoes are almost bursting. (I turned the chicken pieces over half way through and stirred the beans and tomatoes around a bit). If you wanted you could throw in some baby spinach leaves towards the end, maybe some kalamata olives or even add some chorizo sausage. You can serve with a bit of greek yoghurt if you like that. My son ate it with a tortilla bread. The beans are yummy, so are the tomatoes, and the chicken gets a type of coating on it almost similar to KFC (don't let that comment put you off). So, get cooking, it's well worth the try. (the picture shows chick peas or garbanzo beans, I used Cannellini and they were perfect, highly recommend using cannellini beans. Also I cooked until the tomatoes were almost a bit blackened and bursting open and caramelised, so yummy) Enjoy ...........

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