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PIZZA CHICKEN

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Serves 6

Full of flavour, instead of the carb load from a pizza base, combine all your favourite pizza toppings and bake over chicken.

1kg chicken portions, I used thighs and drumsticks

Olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

10ml (2tsp) dried mixed herbs

1 x 400g chopped tomato and onion mix

1 small green pepper, cored and sliced

2-3 cloves garlic, crushed

3-4 anchovy fillets, sliced lengthways

A handful of black olives

8 slices of salami or chorizo or any smoked meat

Mozzarella slices, as many as there are chicken portions

Fresh basil

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2 Place the chicken portions on the baking tray and drizzle over olive oil and rub over the chicken. Season and sprinkle over the herbs. 3 Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

4 Combine the tomato and onion mix with the garlic, anchovy and olives and spoon over the chicken. 5 If the salami slices are big fold and tuck between the chicken portions. 6 Return to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes.

7 Remove from the oven and top the chicken portions with mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven for 10 minutes to melt the cheese, then serve, garnished with fresh basil.

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