Spiced Roast Chicken

This is our go-to roast chicken recipe. It’s one of my favourite recipes, and I use it again and again because it always turns out great without too much effort. Pretty much fool proof.
It’s a combination of Mexican flavours, but also Smokey Bbq.
The spice mix is easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your spice cabinet and it’s great on all sorts of things like burgers, chicken tenders fried up in a pan or even just oven-fries.
The Chicken gets a beautiful deep golden crust, the flavor is smokey, spicy, salty and sweet all at the same time.


Cooking time : 2 1/2 hrs.

Prep time : 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

SPICE RUB:

• 3 tsp smoked paprika
• 1 ½ tsp salt
• 2 teaspoons brown sugar or coconut sugar
• ½ teaspoons crushed dried chili flakes
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• ½ tsp. Onion powder
• 1/4 teaspoon cumin
• A pinch of cinnamon
• 3 tablespoons olive oil

CHICKEN:

• 3 pound chicken
• 2 heads of garlic separated into cloves
• Thyme, rosemary, bay leaf

ADDITIONAL:

• Potatoes, peeled and quartered

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat the oven to 160 C / 320 F
Wash the chicken with cold water and pat dry with kitchen towel. Sit on a board.
In a bowl mix the ingredients for the spice rub and add the oil to form a thick-ish paste.
Hold the chicken with one hand and with the other loosen the skin by inserting a finger between the skin and the breast forming a pocket. You can also do this by using the back of a wooden spoon. But be gentle as not to break the skin.
Put a few teaspoons of the past under the skin and spread out, repeat with the other breast.
Rub the remaining paste all over the chicken and inside the cavity.
Tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
In the cavity insert the herbs and one head of garlic separated into cloves.
Place the chicken in a roasting tin that has been lined with baking paper (easier to wash up) .
Cover (only the chicken and not the entire tin) very loosely with a piece of tin foil that is the same size as the chicken.
Place in the middle of the oven and bake for two and a half hours. Basting twice during cooking, by pouring the juices from the baking tray over the chicken.
After one hour add the potatoes and toss thru the juices and fat in the tin.
After an hour and a half, remove the tin foil.
Bake until golden and crispy.
Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes, loosely covered with foil.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

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Lemongrass and Ginger Grilled Chicken Banh Mi with Ginger Lime Sriracha Mayo

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…AND CRUNCHY VIETNAMESE MANGO SLAW!

Don’t let the long list of ingredients put you off, this is actually very easy, there are just a few steps that need to be taken, and believe me you won’t be sorry. Because these Lemon grass and Ginger grilled Chicken Banh Mi are the business!
The smell in my kitchen when I was grilling the chicken was incredible…
Grilling the chicken gives it an amazing caramelized crispy sticky outside. Serve on a warm baguette with crunchy Vietnamese Slaw and drizzle with the ginger lime Sriracha mayo. Full of sweet, savoury, sour and spicy notes
Good times, I promise!
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SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS BANH MI:

• 4 Baguettes
• Grilled Chicken, sliced
• Vietnamese Slaw
• Ginger Lime Sriracha Mayo
• Cucumber, about half, sliced
• Cilantro (Koriander) , a handful. Roughly chopped
• Lots of paper napkins!

CHICKEN:
• 1 pounds chicken breasts or thighs, de-boned

MARINADE:
• 2 tbsp. soy sauce
• 2 tbsp. fish sauce
• 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
• 1 tbsp. honey
• 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
• 2 tsp. fresh peeled and grated ginger
• 1 lemongrass stalk, bashed with the side of a meat hammer
• 1 tablespoon chopped Thai (or Sweet) basil
• 1 tsp. hot sauce
• Zest and juice of 1 medium lime
• 1 garlic clove , minced (about 1 teaspoon)
• Cooking oil spray
• Freshly ground black pepper

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METHOD:
1. Whisk all marinade ingredients together in a measuring cup. Pour over chicken thighs or breasts and seal bag or place in a large dish and cover.
2. Marinate for at one hour or up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
3. Remove from fridge and bring to room temperature one hour before grilling.
4. Heat your griddle pan.
5. Remove chicken from bag. Pat dry with kitchen paper. Discard marinade.
6. Spray both sides of thighs with oil. Place on griddle pan.
7. Season generously with black pepper.
8. Grill for about 2 minutes on each side on high.
9. Lower the heat.
10. Continue grilling until thighs are done, about 7 to 10 minutes more. Chicken will feel firm to the touch. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

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VIETNAMESE MANGO SLAW:
• 2 cups shredded cabbage
• 4 spring onions, finely sliced
• 2 medium carrots, cut in to julienne
• 1/2 Mango, peeled and cut in to julienne
• 1 cup bean sprouts
• 1/2 bunch coriander, washed
• 1/2 bunch Thai basil
• 1 long red chili, de-seeded
• 1/2 garlic clove, finely chopped
• 1 tsp. ginger, peeled and grated
• 1/4 cup lemon juice
• 2 tbsp fish sauce
• 2 tbsp. ginger syrup (from the jar of candied stem ginger)

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METHOD SLAW:
1. Place cabbage in a bowl with the spring onions, bean sprouts and carrots. Roughly chop the coriander and Thai basil and add to the bowl. Cut the chilli in half then cut across into fine strips.
2. Add the chilli to the bowl.
3. Place the remaining ingredients into a small jar and shake well until the sugar has dissolved. Dress the salad.
4. Put on some plastic disposable gloves and start mixing well with your hands – make sure it all gets covered in dressing or it will taste bland.

GINGER LIME SRIRACHA MAYO:
• 3/4 cup Mayo
• 1 piece candied stem ginger in syrup, finely chopped or grated
• 2 tsp. Sriracha sauce
• Juice of half a lime
METHOD MAYO:
1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon.

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TO ASSEMBLE THE BANH MI:
Pre heat the oven to 200° C / 400° F
1. Slightly dampen the baguettes with a little water. Wrap them in foil and heat them in the oven for about 10 minutes.
2. Remove from oven. Remove foil and discard.
3. Carefully slice open. Hot!
4. Spread a generous amount of the Ginger Lime Sriracha mayo on the bottom of the baguette.
5. Then a layer of sliced cucumber.
6. Then the grilled chicken.
7. Top with Vietnamese Slaw
8. Sprinkle over some cilantro
9. Drizzle over some more mayo
10. Put the top of the Baguette on.

Serve with plenty of paper napkins!

Enjoy!
Myra XO

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Bbq Honey Chicken Tenders Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Let’s celebrate Spring in full glory with this amazing refreshing salad. It’s super easy to make and you can easily substitute the chicken with some succulent Shrimp or any other protein you like.

INGREDIENTS COBB SALAD:

  • 1 lb. chicken tenders
  • 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ cup bbq sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil for frying
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 20 cherry tomatoes (more or less)
  • 2 -4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 small can of corn, drained
  • 1 – 2 avocados, peeled and stone removed
  • 1/3 cup olives
  • handful baby carrots

GREEN GODDESS DRESSING:

  • 1 avocado, peeled and stone removed
  • ½ cup natural yoghurt of choice
  • ½ cup natural sugar free milk of choice
  • Small handful of fresh Basil* see note
  • Small handful of fresh Dill* see note
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • A dash of tabasco
  • Juice of half a lime
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup of water or more for the right consistency

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First we’ll marinate the chicken, place the chicken tenders in a bowl and season them with the Cajun seasoning , then add the bbq sauce. Mix to combine and cover. Place in the fridge to marinate, overnight if possible but any amount of time is good.
  2. Take out a large plate or platter and arrange a layer of lettuce on it.
  3. Meanwhile wash the peppers and pinch them with a fork all over, put them on a plate and microwave for 6 minutes, remove and cover with foil straight away. This is so the skin will loosen from the peppers. When cool enough to handle pull away all the skin and tear the peppers into strips, place them on the lettuce in a single diagonal row.
  4. Cut the tomatoes in half and arrange in a row on the lettuce
  5. Cut the eggs in quarters and arrange on platter.
  6. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  7. For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a blender, and run until all is smooth. Add the water until you have the desired consistency.
  8. Now heat a non stick frying pan large enough to hold the chicken tenders in one layer and set to high heat.
  9. Add the olive oil and place the tenders in the pan, cook on one side for two minutes and turn. Cook for another two minutes and lower the heat to low.
  10. Cook for another two minutes or until cooked thru, check by pulling a piece open.
  11. Add the tablespoon of honey and stir around so it starts to caramelize. Turn off the heat and place the chicken tenders on the salad right before serving.
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Pistachio Dukkah crusted Chicken skewers with Za’atar Yoghurt Dip

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Pistachio Dukkah makes everything better, seriously, I make a big batch and besides putting it on these awesome juicy chicken skewers, I put it on Avocado toast, Salads and any other kind of savory sandwich. It adds a nice spiced crunch with nuttiness that I just love. So make a double batch while you’re at it because it’s just great to have some on hand.
The other thing that makes these skewers so awesome is the Tahini marinade. Yes Tahini… so good.
Tahini, with garlic and lemon juice, oregano and yoghurt. So simple and yet so full of flavour. I think we’ll be eating this a lot.
Za’atar is a middle eastern spice mix of fresh thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and salt. It’s also delicious to dip bread in olive oil first and then Za’atar as a snack.

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Prep time : 20 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4
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INGREDIENTS:

For the Chicken:
• 3 large skinless Chicken breasts or 4 small ones, cut into cubes
• 2 tbsp. Tahini paste
• 2 tbsp. lemon juice
• salt and pepper
• 1 tsp. oregano
• 1 clove of garlic, peeled and grated
• 2 tbsp. plain yoghurt

For the Pistachio Dukkah:

• 1/2 cup Pistachios, shelled
• 3 tbsp. Sesame Seed s
• 3 tbsp. Coriander seeds
• 3 tbsp. Cumin
• 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
• 2 tsp. Onion Powder
• 1/2 tsp. Salt
• 2 tsp. ground black pepper,
• olive oil for drizzling

For the Za’atar Yoghurt Dip:

• 1 cup plain Yoghurt
• 2 tsp. Za’atar
• a drizzle of olive oil

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INSTRUCTIONS:

To marinated the chicken, place tahini paste, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic and yoghurt in a bowl. Mix with a spoon and add the chicken cubes. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least a few hours an preferably over night.
Pre-soak wooden skewers in warm water for 20 minutes.
Pre heat the oven to 200 C / 400 F
To make the Pistachio Dukkah, get out a frying pan and place over medium heat. Toast the sesame seeds, coriander seeds and cumin for a minute or two stirring constantly and until fragrant. Remove to a plate and let cool.
Meanwhile, tip the pistachios into a small food processor and blitz until finely chopped, but still with some texture, add the toasted seeds and spices into the processor and blitz again until finely chopped. Set aside until ready to use.
Make the Yoghurt dip by simply mixing the ingredients, place in a bowl until ready to serve. Sprinkle with some pomegranate seeds if you like.
Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers and sprinkle generously with the Pistachio Dukkah, pressing it in with your fingers.
Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan over a medium-high heat. Spry with some oil. Cook the chicken skewers , turning regularly to prevent burning. When nicely charred, but not cooked through, transfer to a lined baking tray. When all the chicken skewers are browned, drizzle them with some more olive oil. Pop the chicken into the oven for about 5-10 minutes, or until they are cooked through. Serve the skewers with the Za’atar yoghurt dip and some more Dukkah.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

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Chicken stuffed Zucchini

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Fresh Zucchini is stuffed with hearty chicken and sauce, topped with cheese and baked to perfection making this a delicious low-carb and gluten-free dinner!
These zucchini boats are for low-carb lovers and just about anyone else! We all have those nights when we crave a large slice of pizza or lasagna but don’t want all the carbs at night. With these zucchini boats, you get all the deliciousness without the carbs because the zucchini crust is used as the base.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Servings 6

Ingredients:

• 4 medium zucchini or 8 small

• 1 pound chicken breast

• 1 small can of corn (drained) omit if your diet is strict

•1 tablespoon olive oil

• 1/2 cup onion chopped

• 2 cloves garlic minced

• 1 cup marinara sauce

• 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 teaspoon pepper

• 1 cup low-fat shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese

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Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 190 C/375 F. Slice zucchini in half, and carve them out with a spoon. Chop the zucchini ‘meat’ and set it aside. Line zucchini boats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased with oil.

2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Cook onion for 2-3 minutes or until it begins to golden. Add the garlic and cook for a few seconds. Add meat and cook until it’s no longer pink, 3-5 minutes. Add the marinara sauce, zucchini pulp, italian seasoning and salt + pepper. Simmer for 8-10 minutes.

3. Spoon mixture into zucchini boats and top each with shredded cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until zucchini is cooked and the cheesy is fully melted and bubbly

Enjoy!
Myra Xo

 

Char Siu Chicken

Char Siu Chicken

This is a delicious and simple recipe for Char Siu Chicken, made in the comfort of your own home with just a few ingredients in less than ten minutes.

And better than take out! What I truly miss in my village is a China Town, a great China Town like in new York where you can buy amazing take out like Roast meats or Duck. Just thinking about it makes me hungry (again).
But I have come up with this super easy and quick Char Siu Chicken which satisfies my Asian Food cravings. There are tons of recipes out there for Char Siu mostly using pork but I love making it with chicken breast. I don’t add any food coloring, but you can if you like and want the visual resemblance. Since I’m not grilling on charcoal which gives the authentic flavour, I’ve added some liquid smoke. This is optional because it still tastes great if you don’t have it in your pantry. You’re going to love it, its sticky, it’s sweet and super juicy.
It’s best left to marinate over night but a few hours will give a great flavour too.

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

• 1 lb. Chicken Breasts
• 1 1/2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
• 2 tbsp. Hoisin Sauce
• 1 tbsp. Honey
• 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar
• 1 tsp. grated ginger
• 2 cloves Garlic, peeled and grated
• 1/2 tsp. Five spice
• 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
• Few drops liquid smoke
• A little oil for griddle pan

Char Siu Chicken

 

Instructions:

Mix all the marinade ingredients in a rectangular dish big enough to hold the chicken breasts in one layer.
Place the chicken breasts in the marinade and turn to cover completely.
Cover with cling film and put away in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
Remove the chicken breast from the fridge about 30 minutes before grilling.
Heat a griddle pan to medium heat and brush with a little oil.
Take the chicken breasts out of the marinade and place onto the griddle pan.
Grill for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side until cooked thru.
Remove to a cutting board and gently cover with foil, rest for a few minutes before cutting into slices. Serve straight away with Asian Coleslaw (see recipe under starters/salads).

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Browned Sage Butter and Turkey Pasta with wild Mushrooms and Prosciutto.

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I can’t believe it’s already boxing day, and the count down to New Years has begun. I truly hope everyone had a great Christmas. Now we can sort of relax for a week or so, take a breath, relax, cook some simple meals and get ready for the end of the year.

This easy pasta dish is perfect for the “in between” days, make it with left over turkey, or use fresh turkey or chicken. And by all means throw in any left overs, like a little gravy, some vegetables or whatever you like.

This easy recipe is done in under half an hour.

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Serves 4

 

Ingredients;

2  to 3 medium chicken breasts,or 2 cups cooked leftover turkey, torn to pieces.

salt + pepper, to taste

4 tbsp. olive oil

4 tbsp. butter, divided

4 slices prosciutto

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped fine

1 garlic clove peeled and grated

2 tbsp. flour

 

1/2 cup white wine

1 cup stock

1/4 cup fresh sage

pinch of fresh nutmeg

1 lb. Pasta, cooked

1  cup mixed wild mushrooms

1 small onion

1 clove garlic, minced or grated

freshly grated parmesan cheese to serve

1/4 cup mascarpone or heavy cream

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

 

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Method;

Season chicken with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 4 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil. When the butter and oil start to sizzle, add  chicken and sage leafs and cook for 15 minutes on medium low, turning occasionally. Place the sage leafs on top of the chicken.  I like to use a cast iron pan for this because it gives the chicken a perfect crust.  Remove and transfer to plate.

Add the prosciutto to the pan and brown on both sides, for about two minutes, remove and transfer to plate.

Add the onion to the pan and cook gently for 4 minutes, add the garlic. Stir around and add the flour, cook for one minute and add the wine and stock, stirring to create a smooth sauce.

Add the mascarpone or cream, mix thru. Add the shredded chicken and two slices of torn up prosciutto.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and boil the pasta until al dente.

Heat another large skillet over high heat, add the remaining olive oil. Once hot, toss in the mushrooms in a single layer. Without stirring cook them until golden brown, flip them over.Transfer half the mushroom to a plate.

When the pasta is done cooking, drain but DO NOT RINSE! add it to the pan with the mushrooms and toss well. Add the cream sauce with chicken heat thru. Scatter over the remaining wild mushrooms, some parsley and serve straight away. Top with some of the crispy prosciutto. And serve with Parmesan.

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If you try this recipe let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #thecookingspoonblog on instagram! You’ll make my day.

 

Not quite what you were looking for? How about Garlic Herb Shrimp with Bacon over Angel Hair Pasta

Nacho Breaded Buttermilk Turkey Cutlets

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Delicious juicy tender turkey cutlets, marinated in buttermilk and spices then breaded in a mixture of breadcrumbs and crushed Nachos. It was a huge hit!

This is what happens if you  when you run out of breadcrumbs.

It was a bit of a shocker because I normally make my own breadcrumbs and always collect old bread, cut it in cubes, let it dry and then I blitz it in the food processor with some fresh herbs and garlic. I never ever run out, at least that’s what I thought.

This is a habit I have had for a long time because there is always left over bread. Anyway, when I decided to make this dish, I marinated the turkey, which makes it super tender and juicy, and got everything out to start breading the cutlets, but then I realized I didn’t have enough breadcrumbs. So I had to come up with a quick solution, I didn’t have Corn Flakes so I went for the bag of Nachos I knew we still had left over from movie night. You need about 2 cups of nachos for this.

I put them in a plastic zip lock bag and crushed them with a rolling pin.

I ended up with a delicious smelling crumbly mixture with about half bread and half nacho crumbs.

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Serves 4

Ingredients;

4 Turkey cutlets, or 1 large breast cut into thin slices

1 C. Buttermilk

1/4 tsp. each of ground Coriander, Smoked Paprika, Black Pepper, ground Ginger, Cardamom, ground Nutmeg, ground Cumin, Onion Powder, and Garlic Powder.

Generous seasoning of salt

1 egg beaten

1/2 C. flour

1 1/2 C. nacho-bread crumb mixture

2 tbsp. Canola Oil for frying.

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Method;

In a large dish, add the buttermilk and the seasoning and salt. Place the turkey cutlets in the marinade and turn them over to cover them completely. Cover with cling film and marinate for at least eight hours or preferably overnight.

When ready to cook. Get out three dishes, one for the beaten egg, one for the flour and one for the bread crumbs.

Cover  the cutlets first with flour, shaking off any excess, then dip them in the egg, let the excess drip off, then cover them in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing a little on both sides to cover them well. Place on a cutting board until ready to fry. Repeat with the remaining cutlets.

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add two tablespoons of canola oil, and cook the cutlets for about 5 minutes on each side. Until golden brown and cooked thru. Drain on kitchen paper before serving.

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breaded buttermilk turkey

This is an easy Thanksgiving alternative that you can cook on the stove if you don’t want to get a whole turkey, maybe can’t afford one or don’t have an oven.  Serve it with Holiday Cranberry and Pear Sauce with Star Anise. and maybe a side of Jerusalem Artichoke au jus with Pancetta, Garlic and Thyme and you have yourself a little feast fit for a king.

Note: Left overs a great on sandwiches!!!

Rustic Chicken meatball stew with beans, tomato and courgette.

Rustic Chicken meatball, Beans and Tomato Stew with Courgette

Rustic Chicken meatball stew with beans, tomato and courgette.

In the mood for a one-pot meal, that is not crazy heavy and won’t send you to sleep? Than this is the one for you.

It has all the comfort food characteristics, it’s cooked in one pot, it’s easy to eat, it has cheese in it….but it’s not so heavy like some of the stews and crock pot dinners you would expect now. And although I truly love all things fall and winter, sometimes you just want to lighten in up  a bit. This great one-potter is quick and easy, and even faster if you can find good quality ground chicken.

You can also double the recipe and freeze half for an other day!

Serves 4

Ingredients Chicken balls,

1 lb Chicken breast

2 tbsp. Light Olive Oil

1/2 onion, peeled and roughly chopped

1 garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped

1 tsp. Himalayan Salt

1 egg

1/4 C. fresh breadcrumbs

1/4 C. Parmesan cheese grated

2 tbsp. chopped parsley

1 tsp. dried Oregano

Ingredients Bean and Tomato sauce;

1 courgette, cut into cubes

1 can Chopped Tomatoes

1 can of Red Kidney Beans, drained

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 onion, peeled and chopped fine

1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced

1 tbsp. Tomato Paste

1/2 – 1  tsp. salt

freshly ground pepper

2 tsp.  (coconut) sugar

1 Bay Leaf

1 glass white  wine

1 glass of water

1 small handful Basil leafs, some torn and some left whole

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Rustic Chicken meatball stew with beans, tomato and courgette.

Method;

Cut the chicken into cubes. Place in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the onion and garlic. Pulse again until it resembles mince, but not too fine.

Tip into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Shape into golf sized balls with slightly wet hands. Put them on a plate as you go.

Place a large pan on the hob and add a tablespoon of olive oil. When hot add the chicken balls and fry turning them so they brown all over. Add the courgette cubes, stir round. Turn heat to medium high and add the onion and garlic. Cook until it begins to turn golden brown and add the remaining ingredients except the Basil. Cover partially with a lid and turn the heat to low. Let simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until the chicken balls are cooked thru. Just before serving add all the basil and sprinkle some on top.

Serve with french bread, cooked quinoa, pasta or rice.

TIP: Add two cups of chicken stock and serve it as soup with grated Parmesan cheese.

Rustic Chicken meatball stew with beans, tomato and courgette.

Not quite what you’re looking for? How about Moroccan Meatballs with Quinoa

Moroccan Meatball with Quinoa

Whole Roast Chicken in Yoghurt and Herbs

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This is a recipe I make quite often and results in a very tender and juicy chicken because of the yoghurt marinade.

Leftovers are amazing in sandwiches or salads.

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Ingredients;

3 lb. Chicken

2 onion quartered with their golden skins still on

a few carrots, peeled in chunks

2 celery stalks, cut in to large pieces

2 bay leafs

1 garlic head separated

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For the marinade;

1/2 C. Greek yoghurt 10% fat

20 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. prepared mustard

1 tsp. honey

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. onion powder

1/4 C. fresh parsley chopped

1 tsp each dried thyme and tarragon

1 tbsp. fresh basil chopped

1/2 tsp. fennel seeds, crushed

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Mix the marinade ingredients.

Rub the marinade all over, including under the skin of the breast. Marinate in the fridge for up to 24 hrs.

Heat oven to 200 C / 350 ° F. Put the onions,carrots, celery, garlic, rosemary and the torn up bay leafs in a roasting tin. Sit the chicken on top.

Put a small oven proof container in the bottom of the oven filled with water, about a cup is enough. This will ensure a moist Chicken.

Place the chicken in the oven and roast for 1 and a half hours to 1 hour and 45 minutes or until the thigh juices run clear when tested with a skewer.  ls the chicken get to dark by the legs or the top of the back, just cover that small area loosely with tin foil.

When the chicken is done, lift out of the tin, sit in a new dish, cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with the roast onions, carrots, garlic cloves and pan gravy.

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Not quite what you are looking for?  How about  Pollo al Ajillo, Chicken in Garlic Sauce .

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