All-in–one chicken with wilted spinach served in a casserole dish

All-in–one chicken with wilted spinach

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 2

Enjoy this healthy chicken traybake with a speedy spinach side that's packed with iron. It's also low in fat and contains four of your 5-a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal453
  • fat14g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre13g
  • protein46g
  • salt1g
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  • 2 beetroot, peeled and cut into small chunks



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

  • 300g celeriac, cut into small chunks



    The unsung hero of the vegetable world, knobbly, odd-shaped celeriac has a subtle, celery-like…

  • 2 red onions, quartered
  • 8 garlic cloves, 4 crushed, the rest left whole, but peeled
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 1½ tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to serve
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced



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

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 tbsp bio yogurt
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 260g bag spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Tip the beetroot, celeriac, onions and whole garlic cloves into a shallow roasting tin. Add the oil, 1 tbsp thyme, half the lemon zest, fennel seeds and a squeeze of lemon juice, then toss together. Roast for 20 mins while you prepare the chicken.

  2. Stir the mustard powder and paprika into 2 tbsp yogurt in a bowl. Add half the crushed garlic, the remaining lemon zest and thyme, and juice from half the lemon. Add the chicken and toss well until it’s coated all over. Put the chicken in the tin with the veg and roast for 40 mins until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

  3. About 5 mins before the chicken is ready, wash and drain the spinach and put it in a pan with the remaining crushed garlic. Cook until wilted, then turn off the heat and stir in the remaining yogurt. Scatter some extra thyme over the chicken and vegetables, then serve.

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15th Dec, 2019
Earthy and healthy flavours. Lovely with a dish that unique and yet delicious. The portions are the large size and we ended up with spare vegs.
21st Jun, 2018
Tried this tonight, pretty much as the recipe, but with half the garlic and I had plain steamed greens instead of the spinach, and I seasoned the veg before putting them in the oven. BBC recipes never seem to include a bit of salt and pepper! It was tasty, a nice combination of flavours that went well together. Would do this again.
1st Apr, 2020
Any suggestions for replacement for celeriac?
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