I normally listen to a bit of JazzFM when I'm cooking dinner but a few weeks ago I noticed that Food Network was now being broadcast on Freeview which means that I can now have the TV on in the background whilst I get creative in the kitchen.
Over the weekend, one of Nigella Lawson's shows was getting a re-run when a chicken thigh recipe caught my eye. Nicola says that she isn't a fan of chicken thigh, claiming that it's too greasy, but this recipe looked delicious so I decided to recreate it tonight.
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 4 large chicken thighs, boned
- 150g new potatoes, quartered
- 1 lemon
- 6 cloves garlic
- 50g butter
- 100ml white wine
- large bunch asparagus
- Few sprigs fresh thyme
- Preheat the oven to 200C (Gas Mark 6)
- Add some olive oil to a baking tray. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides then place skin side up on the baking tray.
- Cut the lemon into 8 pieces then squeeze the juice over the chicken thighs before placing the lemon pieces around the baking tray.
- Scatter the pototoes around the chicken making sure not to crowd the thighs.
- Bash the garlic cloves then add to the baking tray before spreading the thyme leaves across the top of the chicken and potatoes.
- Add the cubes of butter to the pan then pour over the wine before placing in to the oven for 45-50 minutes.
- Halfway through the cooking time, layer the asparagus over the top of the chicken and place back in the oven.
After 45-50 minutes, the chicken should be cooked through and the skin crispy. To serve, divide the chicken, potatoes and asparagus between two plates and get to the table as quickly as you can.
I knew as soon as I took the tray out of the oven that Nicola would be changing her opinion on chicken thighs and sure enough, she quickly gave me her nod of approval. The chicken meat was soft, tender and rich with the flavours of garlic lemon and thyme but the crispy chicken skin raised this dish to another level. I can't get over just how good this dish was, especially when it cost less than £1.50 per head.
As everything is cooked in the one baking tray, washing up was kept to a minimum. This dish is also a time saving recipe as I was also able to prepare everything quickly prior putting in the oven, allowing me to get out for a quick 5K run while the oven done all the hard work.
I'm so glad that Food Network is now available on Freeview and I can't wait to get inspired again very soon!