Amatriciana chicken traybake

Amatriciana chicken traybake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

Serves 4
Inspired by the classic Italian pasta sauce, chicken thighs and new potatoes are flavoured with bacon and tomato in this easy one-pan meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal472
  • fat20g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre4g
  • protein46g
  • salt1.5g
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Ingredients

  • 1 long red chilli
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 3 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…

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 8 skinless chicken thighs
  • 500g new potato
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 140g cubetti di pancetta (or smoked bacon lardons)
    Pancetta

    Pancetta

    pan-chet-ah

    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 400g tomato, half cherry or baby plum, the rest is up to you - any larger ones halved
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • green salad and bread, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Find a large roasting tin that will hold the chicken thighs and potatoes in a single layer. Halve the chilli, scrape out and discard the seeds if you don’t like it too hot, and remove the stalk. Put in a small food processor or mini chopper with the tomato purée, olive oil and garlic. Whizz to a paste, then spread over the chicken. Add the chicken and potatoes to the tin with a good grinding of black pepper and some salt, then mix everything together well with your hands. Add the thyme and roast for 30 mins.

  2. Stir in the pancetta and roast for 15 mins more, then add the tomatoes and roast for another 15 mins until the tomatoes have softened and the chicken is cooked. Serve straight from the pan and eat with a green salad and some bread, if you like, for mopping up the juices.

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kingthorpe
9th Oct, 2014
5.05
Very tasty recipe. Thought it might have been a bit hot but need not have worried. I used the paste as a marinade on chicken drum sticks and thighs(bones in) I roasted the new potatoes separately and served with roasted mixed peppers. Guests were complimentary!
hleggy
24th Sep, 2014
5.05
This was really tasty!!! I just used what I had in so no chilli, courgette instead of tomatoes as we don't like them, turkey rashers instead of bacon and sweet potato instead of new potato. It was in the oven for about 45-50mins and the chicken was really juicy. There is only 2 of us but the recipe made enough for us for a tasty lunch 2moro!
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LaineyQ78
22nd Jul, 2014
5.05
This recipe was so easy and really tasty. Will definitely be making this again. I halved the recipe as it was just for the two of us. I served it with a helping of garlic and lemon couscous to soak up the juices...yum!
1craftycook
15th Jul, 2014
5.05
A great recipe - quick to and easy to prepare with very little washing up to do afterwards! I omitted the garlic but added some extra herbs and spices as well as large slices of pepper and courgette. A meal enjoyed by all the family.
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Nico_cook
4th Jul, 2014
Divine! Seriously and absolutely divine!
Frantic Flapjack
1st Jul, 2014
5.05
Excellent recipe. The cooking times were spot on. I used chicken breasts and cut into large chunks. I have made this recipe a few times now and it has turned out well every time. It's great that you can make it in one pan too. Recommended.
cjsansom
24th Jun, 2014
5.05
Absolutely delicious. Added handful of olives at the same time as the tomatoes but apart from that followed recipe / timings and it was perfect.
reevey
21st Jun, 2014
5.05
Great mid-week meal and even better with only one pan to wash up! I added a green pepper as we love them, the left rest was as described, but as there are just two of us I halved the chicken thighs and the potatoes, served with a green salad and warm crusty roll. It had bags of flavour and cooked in the time given, scrummy! Definitely will repeat
jenabrady91
18th Jun, 2014
5.05
Made this as part of my new health kick and it was lovely! Our house is not a fan of whole tomatoes, so swapped this for peppers and courgettes instead but put in at the same time as the pancetta. Easy and definitely a new favourite :)
catbail
17th Jun, 2014
Lovely, easy meal. I made the paste in the morning, adding dried Italian seasoning to it because I didn't have fresh thyme (took seconds), then in the evening it was just an assembly job. Only cooked 4 thighs (just the two of us), but used the same amount of paste. Added red pepper at the panacetta stage (thanks for the idea janelle25), together with a bit more olive oil. Ended up not bothering with the tomatoes, but I did quickly blanch a few frozen green beans (also in the morning) and mixed them in with everything else for the last 5 mins. We thoroughly enjoyed it, one to add to the regular repertoire. One baking tray and two plates was all it took. (Oh, by the way, used whole thighs with skins on, and they ended up lovely and crispy.)

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