Dinner party cheat – traybaked chicken


Women Aloud make traybaked chicken

Women Aloud tries traybaked chicken and veg…

The neighbours were coming for dinner at Women Aloud HQ. Panic. I am no Nigella (in any aspect of life!) so cooking for six was stressing me out a little. I had to be honest with myself, I’d likely leave everything to the last minute and have a couple of Proseccos so the meal of choice needed to be easy, with minimal, urm, actual cooking!  So when I saw Jamie Oliver’s ‘hit n run’ traybaked chicken recipe, I knew I’d found my dish.

It takes a good hour to cook but there’s little prep time needed and if you fill everyone up on some shop bought antipasti (and a load of wine) then no one notices if you eat at midnight.

Ingredients to make this traybaked chicken dish [serves 4]

  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 bunch of thyme
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

I also threw in some sweet potatoes and courgette. And I added extra smoked paprika as I like more of a punchy flavour. You can find the instructions here on jamieoliver.com or treat yourself to the Save with Jamie cookbook which has this traybaked chicken recipe and lots more ideas for tasty and nutritious meals that don’t break the bank.

I took my baking dishes straight to the table for people to help themselves. And to go with it we had salad, couscous and crusty bread. The leftover veg I blitzed up the next day and reheated with some tinned tomatoes to make a veggie pasta sauce which the toddler loved.

Next time I’ll try something more challenging (maybe?!)

If you’re looking for inspiration, there are more great recipes and smarter shopping tips on the Save with Jamie website >


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