Friday, 25 January 2013

Attempt #35: Tender & crisp chicken legs with sweet tomatoes

As I was trying to assemble the ingredients for this recipe, it seemed like déjà-vu that I have attempted this before. Then I realized why it feels like déjà-vu.... most of Jamie’s recipe calls for either lemon, tomatoes or basil.

The result:

It was definitely tasty. However, it taste like the previous attempts or recipes as they are all baked in lemon, basil and/ or tomatoes as well. J

      4 higher-welfare chicken legs, jointed
      sea salt
      freshly ground black pepper
      1 big bunch fresh basil, leaves picked, stalks finely chopped
      2 big handfuls red and yellow cherry tomatoes and ripe plum tomatoes, cherry tomatoes halved, plum tomatoes quartered
      1 whole bulb garlic, broken into cloves
      1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
      olive oil
      410 g tinned cannellini beans, drained, optional
      2 handfuls new potatoes, scrubbed, optional

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Season your chicken pieces all over and put them into a snug-fitting pan in one layer. Throw in all the basil leaves and stalks, then chuck in your tomatoes. Scatter the garlic cloves into the pan with the chopped chilli and drizzle over some olive oil. Mix around a bit, pushing the tomatoes underneath. Place in the oven for 1½ hours, turning the tomatoes halfway through, until the chicken skin is crisp and the meat falls off the bone.

If you fancy, you can add some drained cannellini beans or some sliced new potatoes to the pan and cook them with the chicken. Or you can serve the chicken with some simple mashed potato. Squeeze the garlic out of the skins before serving. You could even make it part of a pasta dish – remove the chicken meat from the bone and shred it, then toss into a bowl of linguini or spaghetti and serve at once.

No comments:

Post a Comment