Simple, Spicy Chicken Supper
Spicy roast chicken thighs and herby roast potatoes on a bed of blitzed broccoli and cauliflower.
This is one of those recipes that seems like a faff. But it's really, really not.
It's simple and makes a great dinner. Marinade the chicken the day before - or the morning of. Roast the veg in advance. The potatoes need no parboiling as they're cut quite small, and they roast along with the chicken. While that's going on, blitz the veg.
Really easy - really , REALLY tasty.
4 chicken thighs - £2.90
6 potatoes - 75p
broccoli - 72p
cauliflower - 95p
wine, oil and spices (as used) - around £1.00
cayenne or chilli powder
rape seed or vegetable oil
a glug of white wine
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Put the pepper, coriander, garlic powder, cloves, turmeric and cayenne into a plastic bag or Tupperwares box and add a good glug of oil
Moosh it all about
Pop the chicken into the bag. More mooshing - pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours, or overnight
Oven at 180ºC
Chop up the veg into florets - if you're using frozen, they'll already be florets
If you're using fresh and chopping, don't throw out the off-cuts and leaves: they make great soup or vegetable stock, so chop them up, bag them and shove them in the freezer
Put the florets onto a baking tray, put some oil, salt and sumac over them
Into the oven for 35-40 minutes
Let them cool a little, pop them in a jug and add a tin of chick peas with the water from the can
Add a couple of spoonfuls of lemon juice
ON THE DAY
Oven at 200ºC
Pop a roasting tray with a little fat - lard or duck fat or whatever - in the oven
Peel the potatoes and chop into bite-sized-or-a-bit-bigger chunks
By now the fat is roasty toasty hot, so take out the roasting tray
Potatoes in, zhoosh them about in the melted fat
Sprinkle with za'atar or something you like
Pop them in the oven
Put the marinated chicken thighs on a rack - if you have one - over a tray. If not, popping them straight on a tray is fine
Put them in the oven and turn it down to 180ºC
They're in for 40 minutes, so...
With around 15 minutes to go, heat oil in a pan and add the veg paste
Get it bubbling and add a glug of white wine - or indeed water
Spread the blitz onto a plate and top it with a chicken thigh and a portion of roasties.