Chicken can be a bit boring, but there are so many ways of cooking it. I concocted this yesterday and was pleasantly surprised with the result, so decided to share the recipe with you.
You need three or four chicken breasts, depending on their size, aluminium foil and a roasting tray.
This dish can serve 3-4 people depending on how many chicken breasts you use.
3 or 4 chicken breasts
the juice of a lemon
1 inch piece of ginger
1 or 2 cloves of garlic
a small bunch of parsley
1 teaspoon of sweet paprika
1 red onion
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Make pouches with the chicken breasts so that they can be stuffed easily. Lay them on pieces of foil on a roasting tray.
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius, 400 degrees Fahrenheit, or gas mark 6.
Put all the other ingredients, except the olive oil, into a blender and whizz to make a paste.
Spread the paste evenly on the chicken breasts and close them. Drizzle them with the olive oil. Cover tightly with the foil and bake for an hour.
Turn the oven down to 150 degrees Celsius, 300 degrees Fahrenheit, or gas mark 2 and roast for a further half an hour.
Turn off the oven and leave to settle for 10 minutes.
You can serve the chicken breasts with pasta, rice, other grains and mashed potatoes, or a salad, depending on the season and how you feel.
This dish can be served hot or cold.
If you like spicy food, you could add a teaspoon of red chilli powder to the blender, or some fresh rosemary and thyme. You could also add 2 chopped tomatoes and use fresh basil. There are so many variations, you need never get bored with this simple dish.
The beauty of this dish is that apart from lowering the temperature of the oven, you don’t need to check that the chicken breasts are OK. When you cook them in foil, all the flavours are retained and the chicken is succulent.
If you want a more lemony flavour, you can rub lemon juice into the pouches you have made of the breasts.
This will become one of your favourite chicken recipes, not only for its simplicity, but also for its taste. And of course, the ingredients are not expensive. Why not try it this weekend and give your friends and family a treat?
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