You don’t always have to think of Sunday Lunch as a roast. In the recipe I am giving you this week I have used a whole chicken which I have jointed into six pieces. (you can always use chicken portions if you prefer, )
The vegetables & potatoes are all put in a roasting tin, with herbs & garlic tucked in between, you place the chicken pieces on top & pour over the magic cooking liquid. Pop it into the oven & you are ready to go. No messy carving & all you need to do is reduce the liquid left in the pan to concentrate the flavour & you have a tasty sauce, to pour over your finished dish.
You can use any veg you like, but cut them into the same sized chunks, so they are all cook at the same time. You can also cook this dish, eat half, cool the other half quickly, store, covered in the fridge for up to two days or place in a freezer container & freeze for three months. (defrost thoroughly in the fridge before reheating) Always ensure that food is reheated in the middle, before serving.
CHICKEN & VEGETABLE BAKE Serves 6. Gluten Free, Dairy Free. Time taken 30mins + 1 to 11/2 hours Cooking. Oven Temp 200F 400c Gas 6
I large chicken, jointed or 6 Chicken Portions.
1kg of Seasonal Winter Veg chopped into chunks. ( I used Celeriac, Carrots, Shallots, potatoes & Swede.)
4 Cloves of Garlic unpeeled.
Bay leaves, Fresh thyme, rosemary & sage.
In a jug mix together the magic mix:
200ml Red Wine.
3 tbspns Olive Oil
3tbspns Tomato Puree
1/2 tspn Sugar.
Place the veg in the bottom of a large roasting tin. Put the chicken on top & tuck the herbs & garlic around the chicken.
Beat together the magic mixture in a jug & pour over the chicken & veg.
Bake in a preheated oven for 1 – 11/2 hours until the chicken is cooked through.
Remove the chicken & veg from the pan & keep warm.
Squeeze the garlic from the unpeeled cloves into the left over liquid, bring to the boil & reduce slightly. Pour into a jug to serve with the chicken.
Serve with a green veg of choice.
If you had to open a new bottle of wine for this recipe, now’s the time to sit back, relax & enjoy a glass, or two.