One-pan simple summer chicken

One-pan simple summer chicken

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4
Throw potatoes, courgettes and a whole garlic bulb in with chicken thighs then oven bake for a simple all-in-one supper

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal587
  • fat32g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre5g
  • protein37g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 8 chicken thigh, skin on
  • 800g potato, cut into chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1 garlic bulb, broken into cloves, skin left on



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 1 lemon, halved



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 courgette, cut into thick batons



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • large handful basil leaves, torn


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Pop the chicken, skin-side up, in a large roasting tin with the potatoes. Lightly crush the garlic cloves and nestle among the chicken pieces. Drizzle over the olive oil and chicken stock, then season. Squeeze over the juice from the lemon and pop the empty halves in the tin.

  2. Bake for 45-50 mins, adding the courgettes and chilli 15 mins before the cooking time is up. Remove from the oven when the chicken is cooked through and golden, and the veg is tender. Stir through the basil leaves and serve.

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Comments (15)

Souffle12's picture

This is amazing - potatoes are lovely and roasted, chicken is delicious and I suggest serving with carrot and leek instead of courgettes. Very tasty, I have made this twice and intend to make it many more times as it is a firm favourite! Thank you for this great recipe.

jandc415's picture

Unfortunately, this review will divide opinion because I thought it was OK-fine, but my other half really didn't like it. He thought it was just like boiled potato served with the remains of a thin sauce and boiled chicken. I don't know what he expected from a dish I'd verbally described, but there you go! So I'm afraid I won't be making this again, but if you do try and serve with other veg (eg mushrooms or a side of a good salad) don't spoon the sauce over the chicken - because all you'll be left with is some watery sauce at the bottom of the plate.

hannahmives's picture

I replace the chilli with cherry tomatoes on the vine - I absolutely love this dish and always get complimented on it!

CailinLondon's picture

I made some changes to the recipe based on the ingredients I had to hand:
-carrots and leeks instead of courgettes
- a Jalapeno chilli instead of a read chilli
- boneless, skin-removed chicken breasts
I've given it 4 stars as it was very tasty for such a simple, one-pot dish.

claireb82's picture

This dish is so simple yet delicious. I was nervous about the hefty amount of garlic that the recipe stated, but if you dig out the crushed bulbs before serving the meal it is not too garlicky at all. Will definitely make again.

manssy's picture

Very simple and tasty..Left out the courgettes and the chili though, used dried basil right from the start, and crushed garlic instead of bulbs

sizzixsystems's picture

Easy to make and great taste - the whole family loved it Definitely will make again.

thedonnaclark's picture

Good, every day recipe - the lemon worked well with the courgettes and everything cooked to perfection. If anything though, I did find it slightly bland & rather too beige... not sure what might brighten it up...

eleanormayo's picture

This dish has so much potential and I love the fact you don't need to seal the chicken first, but by the end of the meal, I was finding it a bit too greasey from all the fat given off by the chicken thighs. I would be tempted to trim off any excess skin on the thighs next time or use skin on breasts.

observer10's picture

Made this recipe exactly as it was written for my husband and I for a Saturday night dinner.It was excellent,we both really enjoyed it.
I would certainly do it again.

davewilde's picture

Excellent. Easy to make very tasty!

bumblepest's picture

Made 1/2 quantity for 2 today. Potatoes & garlic from the garden. Easy, very tasty and light on washing up afterwards. Will definitely do this again and again.

lynnehighway1969's picture

This was yummy and really easy to make - ideal for a mid week dinner. I'd put a little more stock in it next time.

tapinu's picture

Summer time in Malta is fantastic, but not for baking in the oven!! I still bake this receipe by putting all the ingredients onto a baking sheet with a piece of aluminuim foil underneath, wrap everything up and cook it on the BBQ! That keeps my kitchen from becoming too hot!

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