Wednesday 22 May 2013

Recipe : Chicken & Summer Vegetable Tray Bake

Yesterday, I tried out a recipe for Cherry Tomato Tart that had been created to showcase British food and farming in conjunction with Open Farm Sunday. Tonight's dinner was another Open Farm Sunday recipe, this time created by ASDA Magazine. It's just as quick and simple as the one we tried yesterday so they're great recipes for when you need something quick after a busy day at work.


Chicken and summer vegetable tray bake

Serves 4
Ready in: 55 minutes


2tbsp balsamic vinegar
3tbsp sunflower oil
1 level tbsp apricot jam
1kg pack chicken drumsticks
600g baby new potatoes, halved or quartered, depending on their size
2 courgettes, thickly sliced
2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
1 red onion, cut into 8 wedges
150g pack baby carrots, green tops trimmed and halved lengthways


1. Preheat the oven to 200⁰C/180⁰C Fan/Gas 6. Mix the balsamic vinegar with 1tbsp oil and the apricot jam in a large freezer bag. Make cuts in the fleshy parts of the drumsticks, then put in the bag with the marinade. Turn to coat. Leave for 10 minutes. (I discovered that we were out of apricot jam and thought blackcurrant jam wouldn't work (!), so I opted for honey and spices instead, which was lovely.)

2. Put the potatoes in a pan of cold water, cover and bring to the boil. Simmer for 8 minutes, then drain.

3. Transfer the chicken drumsticks to a roasting tin (or two small tins).

4. Put the drained potatoes, courgettes, peppers, onion and baby carrots in a bowl and toss them in the rest of the oil until completely coated. Add to the chicken drumsticks and bake for 35-40 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

As you can see, I adapted the recipe to suit what was (or rather wasn't) in the fridge and missed out the red pepper (which was a shame - I'd definitely add that next time for colour, sweetness and crunch) and carrots. I made it with half seasoned and half plain chicken (as the Madhouse Mini Testers aren't keen on spicy food) so it's great to have a dish that can accommodate both tastes with zero fuss.


Recipe courtesy of Asda Magazine, provided to showcase British food and farming  in conjunction with Open Farm Sunday, which is on 9th June 2013 and provides a great opportunity for the public to truly get to know how their food is produced and how the countryside around them is cared for.

Sponsors for Open Farm Sunday 2013 include Asda, Country Life butter, Frontier Agriculture, John Deere, LEAF Marque, Marks and Spencer, National Farmers Union, Syngenta, The Co-operative and Waitrose, plus BPEX, Dairy Co, EBLEX, HDC, HGCA, Cotswold Seeds, FarmStay UK and Farmers Weekly

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1 comment:

  1. Just loving the recipes on your blow at the moment, thought the Cherry Tomato Tart was going to be a keeper, now this one. Thank you again.


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