Roast chicken with peppers & feta

Roast chicken with peppers & feta

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins

Easy

Serves 4
For a casual summer lunch, try this Mediterranean roast with chickpeas, vegetables and salty Greek cheese

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal929
  • fat59g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre9g
  • protein67g
  • salt2.8g
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Ingredients

  • 1 garlic bulb, separated into cloves, 3 crushed, remainder left whole

    Garlic

    gar-lik

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

  • 2 tbsp chopped oregano

    Oregano

    or-ee-gar-no

    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 2 lemon, juice of 1, the other cut into wedges

    Lemon

    le-mon

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

  • 4 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 1 chicken (about 1.6kg/3lb 8oz)

    Chicken

    chik-en

    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 3 large red pepper, deseeded and cut into large chunks
  • 3 small red onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 large courgette, cut into thick wedges

    Courgette

    corr-zjet

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

  • 3 tbsp chopped mint, plus a few sprigs to serve

    Mint

    mi-nt

    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 200g pack feta cheese, crumbled into chunks
  • 400g can chickpea, drained
  • crusty bread, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the crushed garlic and oregano with the lemon juice and 3 tbsp of the oil to make a dressing. Season. Make a few slashes in each chicken leg, then put the chicken in a large roasting tin and rub with 2 tbsp of the dressing. Stuff the squeezed lemon shells inside the body cavity. Roast for 30 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, tip the peppers, onions, whole garlic cloves and courgettes into a large bowl, and toss with the remaining oil and some seasoning. After 30 mins, pile the veg around the chicken, drizzle with half the remaining dressing and roast for 1 hr.

  3. Remove the chicken from the oven, lift onto a platter, cover with foil and leave to rest. Check the roasting tin, and if the chicken has rendered a lot of fat, pour it off, skim and return the juices to the tin. Stir the lemon wedges, mint, feta, chickpeas and remaining dressing through the veg and juices, then return to the oven for 10 mins to warm through. Pile around the chicken, scatter with mint sprigs and serve with bread, if you like, to mop up the juices.

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Comments (11)

iloophius's picture

Amazingly lovely dish! Full off flavours and light. I'll be making this dish again during the summer. The addition off the lemon wedges and mint at the end made a nice addition.

Rokewood's picture
5

Oh boy, this is soooo tasty. Simple and delicious, our guests loved it as did we. Enjoy...

lisa-fallon's picture

Love this - a new favourite in this house!

nmise's picture
5

This is now one of my favourite dishes. Vegetables has very unusual taste due to combination, mint and feta cheese. You should try it and for certain you won't regret it!

Lauren0840's picture

Not at all understanding why people don't like the chick peas. I think they add a denser texture so you can do without adding a carb to the meal & still feel nicely satiated at the end of the meal. Alternatively, or as well as, other types of beans, I tend to use butter beans work really well. I make this recipe all the time. It's a family favourite. The feta is what makes it really special. Lovely. Enjoy!

klynched's picture

Really really tasty, I left out the chickpeas but followed everything else, the Feta adds such a nice taste to the roast veg :) Would definitely recommend

eleanormayo's picture
5

This was great, I served it with cous cous & fresh bread for mopping up the juices. There were loads of veggies leftover, which all made great lunchbox salads.

jenabrady91's picture
4

I found this easy to make but didn't think the chickpeas were necessary as they didn't seem to add anything. I shredded the chicken once cooked and mixed it with the veg and feta with couscous for my weeks lunches. Definitely a keeper!

lindeens's picture
5

Very tasty dish! Marinated veggies in white wine vinegar for 30 minutes, turned out very good together with other flavors.

mcgilly's picture
3

Family enjoyed this but whole cloves of garlic too much for some. Alongside the chcicken version I did a veggie version with a quorn fillet which was delicious. We served it with long grain rice - nice mid week meal which was easy to make.

jenabrady91's picture
4

I found this really easy to make and very tasty. I served with couscous and my only slight issue was that the chickpeas were a bit bland and the amount of veg with the chicken means they're not necessarily needed.

Questions (1)

cmcd99's picture

How would I adjust the cooking time if I were to use chicken breasts instead?

Tips (1)

tarepearl's picture
5

This is a great recipe - very simple and tasty. I have modified it by skipping the feta, mint and chickpeas at the end for dietary reasons, but I can confirm that even without these it is still great. Definitely one to recommend.

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