I have been soooooo cold the last couple of days that I have refused to leave the house, so the house is spotless (get me !), my cupboards rearranged and I am now clawing at the windows to get out.
Yellow ticket whole chicken recipe!
While I sorted out the cupboards, I came across several tins, many with Latin written on the front as they were so old, and I decided to make something based around a tin of Chickpeas. These are part of the Legume family and are a big part of Indian and middle eastern cooking, they are little balls of protein that are high in fibre, so a great addition to a child’s diet. My son is very fussy with his grub, so I do my David Blaine impression and make them disappear by blending any vegetables/pulses, so he is still getting his goodness, even though he thinks he isn’t !
Now a tin of Chickpeas is only around 50p at Sainsburys and even cheaper again at Aldi or Lidl, so you are adding a healthy item to your dinner that will not only bulk out your food, but it won’t damage your purse in the process !
Ingredients you will need:
2 large sweet potatoes or 5 small
1 onion chopped
1 large or 3 small peppers
1 tin of chickpeas
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
handful of thyme
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 chicken stock cube
3 cups of rice ( six portions)
Rustic chicken recipe
- Turn your oven onto a medium setting and get a large roasting dish ready.
Empty the chickpeas into a sieve and rinse them. Add these and the tomatoes to the dish.
- Add the sweet potatoes, peppers, onion, thyme, stock cube and seasoning
- Place the chicken on top and cover loosely with some foil.
Place this in the oven for around one hour and twenty minutes. I always find that if I cover the chicken with foil, the moisture generated will make the chicken nice, soft and succulent.
- Remove the foil for the last 20 minutes of cooking
Start to prepare your rice
- Check that the juices from the chicken are running clear and give the vegetables a stir before serving.
Serve this with the rice and decorate with a stem of Thyme, to make it look nice and rustic
This was a delicious meal that we all enjoyed, this fed five of us nicely and then the leftovers went inside a lunchbox for the following day, even the cat had a meal, so it was well under budget, tasty and healthy ( even if my son didn’t think so !)