This delicious rustic chicken is less than £1 per serving!

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 rustic chicken recipe!

whole rustic 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 !

whole rustic chicken recipe

Ingredients you will need:

One chicken
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

  1. 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.

  2. Add the sweet potatoes, peppers, onion, thyme, stock cube and seasoning

    Mix thoroughly

  3. 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.

  4. Remove the foil for the last 20 minutes of cooking

    Start to prepare your rice

  5. 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 rusticwhole rustic chicken recipe

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 !)

Enjoy this tasty dish! 

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