ONE-DISH DE­LIGHT

CHICKEN & ORZO RAT-A-TAT BAKE

Burton Mail - - Food & Drink -

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS (Serves 4)

1tbsp co­conut oil

1 red onion, peeled and diced 1 cour­gette, trimmed & diced (250g)

1 aubergine, trimmed & diced (250g)

4 sprigs of fresh oregano 4 sprigs of fresh thyme

3 cloves gar­lic, finely chopped 1tbsp tomato puree

250g orzo

1 x 400g tin of chopped toma­toes

250ml chicken stock

2 x 200g chicken breasts, cut into 1cm slices

1tsp sweet smoked pa­prika Salt and black pep­per Small bunch of pars­ley, roughly chopped

Small bunch of chives, chopped

METHOD:

1. Pre­heat the oven to 2000C (fan 1800C/gas mark 6).

2. Melt half of the oil in a heavy-based flame­proof casse­role dish over a medium to high heat. Add the onion and cook for one minute, then throw in the cour­gette, aubergine, oregano, thyme and two chopped gar­lic cloves. Fry, stir­ring reg­u­larly for five min­utes, un­til the veg­eta­bles are start­ing to soften.

3. Add the tomato puree and orzo and mix to com­bine. Pour in the chopped toma­toes and chicken stock and bring the mix­ture quickly to the boil, stir­ring reg­u­larly. Put the lid on and slide the dish into the oven.

4. Mean­while, melt the re­main­ing oil in a large fry­ing pan over a high heat. Add the sliced chicken and the re­main­ing chopped gar­lic clove. Stir-fry the chicken so that it is vir­tu­ally cooked through.

5. Sprin­kle in the pa­prika along with a pinch of salt and pep­per and toss the whole lot to­gether.

6. Re­move the pasta from the oven and care­fully take off the lid, stir in the chicken, slide the lid back on and bake the whole lot to­gether for 10 more min­utes.

7. Af­ter 10 min­utes, take the dish from the oven and stir through the pars­ley and chives. Serve straight from the dish to the masses.

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