Lemon pep­per spiced chicken

South Waikato News - - Community Cookbook -

This is a speedy recipe that can be pre­pared in 20 to 25 min­utes, per­fect for a week­night.


Ku­mara mash 800g gold or or­ange ku­mara, peeled and diced 2cm 1⁄2 cup milk 2 ta­ble­spoons but­ter 2-3 hand­fuls baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped

Lemon pep­per chicken 650g skin­less, bone­less chicken thighs 1 ta­ble­spoon flour 2 tea­spoons lemon pep­per sea­son­ing 1 tea­spoon dried oregano 1⁄2 cup white wine 2 cloves gar­lic, minced Zest and juice of lemon

Veges 300g green beans, ends trimmed 1-2 cour­gettes, sliced into 1cm rounds PRE­HEAT oven to 220C. Bring a large pot of salted wa­ter to the boil. Pre­heat a bak­ing dish (if us­ing).

1. Cook ku­mara in pot of boil­ing wa­ter for 15-17 min­utes, un­til very soft. Drain and mash with milk and but­ter un­til smooth. Fold through spinach and sea­son to taste with salt and pep­per. 2. Pat chicken dry with pa­per tow­els. In a medium bowl, com­bine flour, lemon pep­per and oregano. 3. Heat a driz­zle of oil in a large, oven-proof, fry-pan on medium-high heat and coat chicken in flour/ lemon pep­per mix. Cook chicken for 1-2 min­utes each side, or un­til golden (chicken does not need to be cooked through). Set aside. 4. Re­turn pan to medium-high heat, add wine and gar­lic to deglaze pan and cook for 1–2 min­utes, un­til wine has re­duced. Add lemon zest and juice and cooked chicken. Sim­mer for a fur­ther 1 minute, spoon­ing juices over chicken. Place whole pan in oven to roast chicken for 6-8 min­utes, or un­til cooked through. 5. While chicken is cook­ing, heat a driz­zle of oil in another fry-pan on high heat. Stir-fry beans and cour­gette for 2-3 min­utes, toss­ing reg­u­larly, un­til bright green and just ten­der. Sea­son with salt and pep­per.

To serve, spoon ku­mara mash be­tween plates and top with lemon pep­per chicken. Serve veges on the side and driz­zle over any cook­ing juices. Each week Na­dia gives you another easy recipe for your fam­ily and you’ll find all the in­gre­di­ents in My Food Bag. my­food­bag.co.nz

Adding baby spinach into your mash is a great way to add veg­eta­bles to a meal.

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