One-pan simple summer chicken

One-pan simple summer chicken

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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 thighs, 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…

  • 2 courgettes, cut into thick batons



    The courgette is a variety of cucurbit, 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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17th Sep, 2012
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...
jowillmott's picture
11th May, 2018
I am going to try adding pesto to liven it up.
16th Aug, 2012
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.
11th Aug, 2012
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.
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9th Aug, 2012
Excellent. Easy to make very tasty!
29th Jul, 2012
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.
22nd Jul, 2012
16th Jul, 2012
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.
13th Jul, 2012
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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