Thursday, 23 June 2011

Lemon and herb chicken with mash (amazing) mash

I am developing an unhealthy obsession with Jamie Oliver. He puts out a book called 30 minute meals, none of them actually take 30 minutes to cook. They all have several accompaniments and if you can't do them all in 30 minutes or who are we kidding in an hour and 30 minutes you feel like a failure!  However, they all taste great so I preserver!

The best part of this dish is the mash! That is not saying that the rest of it isn’t pretty good but the mash is really spectacular. Start off by peeling and chopping the potatoes, then boil them in a large saucepan until tender.

Cut the chicken in half lengthways so that you have a couple of then pieces out of each breast. Season with salt and pepper and lay on a chopping board. Cover with plastic wrap and bash with a mallet or heavy pan. Grate some lemon zest over the chicken and sprinkle over some thyme leaves. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Heat a fry pan over a medium heat and cook the chicken on each side until done. This should only take 5 minutes on each side.

When the potatoes are nearly done, add the corn into the same pot with the boiling water and cook together with the potatoes for a couple of minutes. Drain the potatoes and corn and return to pan. Season and crush with a masher. They don’t need to be smooth but rather chunky and the corn through them is just amazing!

To make the salad, chop the tomatoes, basil leaves, scallions and chilli and place in a mixing bowl. Dress with some olive oil and red wine vinegar.

Serve all together!

  • 2 tomatoes
  • small bunch of fresh basil
  • 4 scallions
  • 500g baby new potatoes
  • 1 red chili
  • 500g chicken breast 
  • 2 fresh corn cobs with corn cut off (you can use frozen if you like)
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar

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