Thursday, 1 May 2014

Easy-Peasy Rather-Lazy Roast Dinner!

 Constant Comfort - Food for the Soul

During my last pregnancy, my desire to cook seriously diminished and especially during the really hot weather the last thing I wanted to do was slave away in a hot kitchen.

If, like me, there comes a point when you realise you haven't had a decent dinner for a while, but really can't be bothered to cook then this is the recipe for you! It's really easy, and is a "leave alone" dinner that can be done with minimal effort, but doesn't necessarily look that way when served!

So, here is my aptly named quick fix - it takes just over an hour to cook, but it really is minimal effort so bear with me.

Easy-Peasy Rather-Lazy Roast Dinner

Serves 4 (Large Portions)


4 Chicken Breasts
4-6 Large White / Baking Potatoes
Approx 100g Dried Stuffing Mix
One Handful of Long Grain Rice (uncooked)
Vegetables to serve 4 people (whatever you fancy, or frozen peas!)
Smoked Paprika, Garlic Granules / Chopped Garlic, Salt & Pepper, Vegetable Oil
Tin Foil!
Olive Oil or similar
Instant Gravy Granules (I like Bisto For Chicken!)

  1. Preheat oven to 200⁰C (or 180⁰C Fan Oven).
  2. Mix the stuffing up with boiling water, adding more water than the instructions to make it quite wet.
  3. Add the uncooked rice and mix well.
  4. Peel the potatoes and cut into 4 to 6 large chunks each (depending on the size of potato!).
  5. Put the potatoes in a roasting tin, drizzle with vegetable oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika, garlic (save a little for the chicken) and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Put in oven for an hour.
  7. Put a little Olive Oil or similar in another roasting tin or tray, add some salt and pepper, and the remaining (or a little bit if you have a whole pot!) of garlic.
  8. Lay out the 4 chicken breasts next to each other (about an inch maximum apart) in the roasting tin and completely cover with the stuffing and rice mixture.
  9. Cover the roasting tin in foil and put in the oven for 50 minutes - 1 hour (depending on how long it took after putting potatoes in!).
  10. Prepare the veg and leave in saucepan for later.
  11. Leave the kitchen and have a cup of tea / sit down for 20 minutes or so!
  12. With 25 minutes to go, remove the foil from the chicken tray so the stuffing can crisp up, turn the roast potatoes and put the veg on to cook. This gives enough time for the veg to come to the boil and cook, to lay the dinner table and to make some gravy.
  13. After an hour of cooking the potatoes should be very crispy, and the chicken should be done (double check by cutting a chicken breast in half to make sure it's cooked).
  14. Serve and enjoy!

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