I have been eating a lot of chicken lately - I am not exactly sure why...but I'm on chicken dish number 3 for the week and I'm not actually bored. I am pushing myself to find the versatility in this little bird and so far I'm succeeding (thankfully), BUT it's not exactly difficult...Chicken is the epitome of...well...versatility. It's a blank canvas, you can't really go wrong, just pick a style (Italian, Asian, French etc) or flavour combinations that you know work well and just roll with it...
Lemon, thyme and green olive chicken casserole
Ingrdients: (serves 4)
- 8 chicken pieces (skin on, bone in)
- olive oil for frying
- 1/2 cup chicken stock (you can dissolve 1/2 a stock cube in hot water if you like)
- 2 lemons
- 1 packet green olives (drained, about 20)
- a few sprigs thyme (about 5)
- salt and pepper
- 3 tbs sour cream/creme fraiche
- couscous/polenta to serve
Preheat oven to 180*C
Pour a little olive oil into a non-stick frying pan and place it on med-high heat. Season the chicken with a little salt before browning in the pan on all sides (about 8 min).
Remove from the pan and place into a medium-sized casserole dish, pour over stock, scatter over the olives, squeeze over juice from 2 lemons and drop the lemons into the dish, sprinkle over thyme and add a dash of pepper.
Cover with foil/lid and bake for 45 min, remove foil/lid and bake for a further 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and stir through the creme fraiche/sour cream.
Serve with couscous/polenta.