Go nuts with roast chicken

Broc­coli with al­monds and gar­lic mash make great side dishes to roast chook.

Matamata Chronicle - - Community Cookbook -

Ilove nuts – al­monds, wal­nuts, cashew nuts, macadamias, the lot of them! While they’re great en­joyed as a snack, or used in bak­ing, they’re also an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to your main meal to add a boost of flavour, tex­ture and nu­tri­tion.

I love them tossed in a salad or with stir-fried, steamed or roasted veg­eta­bles.

They’re full of healthy mo­noun­sat­u­rated fats, as well as plenty of vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and fi­bre.

I store fresh nuts in the freezer to pre­vent them from go­ing ran­cid (as once they’re out of the shell, they re­ally have a shelf life of only a few months).


Serves: 4-5 Gluten free/Dairy free (omit but­ter and use dairy-free milk)


600g skin­less, boneless chicken thighs 2 ta­ble­spoons chopped fresh rose­mary leaves 1 ta­ble­spoon olive oil zest and juice of 2 lemons

Gar­lic mash

800g agria pota­toes, peeled, chopped into even-sized pieces 2 ta­ble­spoons but­ter 2 cloves gar­lic, minced

cup milk

Broc­coli with al­monds

2 heads broc­coli, cut into flo­rets

cup flaked or sliced al­monds 1 tea­spoon lemon zest 1 spring onion, thinly sliced (op­tional) 2 tea­spoons ex­tra vir­gin olive oil Pre­heat the oven to 200°C. Line an oven tray with bak­ing pa­per. Bring a large pot of salted wa­ter to the boil. Com­bine the chicken, rose­mary, olive oil, lemon zest and juice in a bowl and leave to mar­i­nate at room tem­per­a­ture for at 15 min­utes while you pre­pare the rest of the meal. Cook the pota­toes in pot of boil­ing wa­ter un­til soft, 12-15 min­utes. Place the chicken in a sin­gle layer on the pre­pared tray and sea­son well with salt and pep­per. Pour over the re­main­ing marinade. Roast un­til the chicken is cooked through and golden, about 15 min­utes. Drain the cooked pota­toes. Set aside. Heat the but­ter in the same pot on low heat and cook the gar­lic un­til fra­grant, about 1 minute. Turn off the heat, add the pota­toes and milk and mash un­til smooth. Sea­son to taste with salt and pep­per. Boil, steam or stir-fry the broc­coli un­til bright green and ten­der, about 3 min­utes. Toss with the al­monds, lemon zest, spring onion and ex­tra vir­gin olive oil. Sea­son to taste with salt and pep­per. To serve, spoon some gar­lic mash and al­mond broc­coli onto each plate and top with the chicken. Spoon over any ex­tra juice from the chicken.

Recipe cour­tesy of My Food Bag; for more like this go to my­food­bag.co.nz


Flaked or sliced al­monds make a great ad­di­tion to your veg­etable dish.

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