Chicken Parmigiana

chicken parmigiana

 

Parmesan coated chicken breasts are baked in a tomato and basil sauce covered with mozzarella. They are served with tagliatelle tossed in chopped parsley and garlic butter and sautéed courgettes/zucchini.

 

Chicken Parmigiana
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time 45 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the parmigiana
  • For the tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g tin (½ x 28 fl oz can) chopped/diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, shredded
  • salt and pepper

  • For the chicken
  • 28g (1 oz) Parmesan cheese, finely grated (¼ cup)
  • 28g (1 oz) flour (3 tbsp)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 28g (1 oz) butter
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, skinned
  • 8 thin slices mozzarella cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh basil sprigs to garnish

  • For the tagliatelle
  • 8 tagliatelle nests
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2–3 tbsp fresh flat-leaf/Italian parsley, chopped

  • To serve
  • 2 courgettes/zucchini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • Equipment
  • An ovenproof dish large enough to take the four chicken breasts in a single layer


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C/400°F/gas mark 6

  3. For the parmigiana
  4. For the tomato sauce
  5. Put the olive oil and garlic into a pan over a medium-low heat and, as soon as the oil starts to sizzle, stir in the tomatoes and tomato purée. Simmer gently for 10 minutes to thicken a little. Add the shredded basil leaves and season.

  6. For the chicken
  7. Meanwhile, measure the flour into a plastic bag and season. Then add the grated Parmesan and shake to mix. Spread out onto a large plate.

  8. Tip the egg into a shallow dish.

  9. Turn the chicken pieces in the egg, shaking off any excess egg while lifting them from the dish. Then coat with the flour and cheese mixture.

  10. Melt the butter in a frying pan/skillet and add the chicken pieces to the pan. Cook over a medium heat for 3 minutes on each side until they are light golden in colour. Transfer to the ovenproof dish and pour the tomato sauce around the chicken.

  11. Lay two slices of mozzarella on top of each chicken breast then sprinkle over the remaining Parmesan.

  12. Cover the dish loosely with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for a further 10 minutes until the cheese is lightly browned.

  13. For the tagliatelle
  14. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the tagliatelle and cook for the length of time suggested on your packet.

  15. While it is cooking, mix the butter with the garlic and chopped parsley.

  16. Drain the tagliatelle, return it to the pan with the parsley butter and toss together.

  17. For the courgettes/zucchini
  18. Cut the courgettes/zucchini into 1.25cm (½ inch) slices.

  19. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan/skillet over a medium heat. Add the the courgettes and toss in the oil. Sauté for 3–5 minutes, turning frequently until cooked through.

  20. To serve
  21. Lift the chicken breasts from the pan onto four serving plates and spoon the tomato sauce around. Garnish the chicken with the basil sprigs. Serve with the tagliatelle and courgettes/zucchini.

Updated: November 18, 2017

Lamb Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce

Lamb Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce

 

These tasty nutmeg seasoned meatballs are cooked in a creamy, wholegrain mustard sauce and served with tagliatelle.

 

Lamb Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 50 minutes
  • Refrigeration time: 1 hour
  • Cooking time: 1 hour

  • Ingredients
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 450g (1 lb) lamb mince/ground lamb
  • 2 eggs, medium (U.K.)/large (N.A.), beaten
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 600ml (20 fl oz) chicken stock (2½ cups)
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) crème frâiche (1¼ cups)
  • 2 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch


  • To serve
  • Serve with tagliatelle and a green salad

  • Equipment
  • casserole dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) (gas 4)

  3. Remove the crusts from the bread and cut into rough pieces. Place in a bowl and moisten with the milk. Mix with a fork to break up into crumbs.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix in the soaked breadcrumbs, onion, lamb, eggs, seasoning and nutmeg until throughly combined.

  5. Shape into 32 meatballs, using wet fingers. Just keep a small bowl of water nearby. (Fingers dipped in flour will just become sticky.) Chill the meatballs for 1 hour to firm up.

  6. Heat half the butter in a frying pan/skillet over a medium heat. When the butter is frothy and hot, add half the meatballs. Shake them in the pan to keep them moving and cook until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Remove, using a slotted spoon, and transfer them to the casserole dish. Repeat with the remaining meatballs, adding extra butter if needed.

  7. Add the stock to the pan and scrape off any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Bring to the boil, then stir in the mustard. Pour over the meatballs, cover the dish and cook above the centre of the oven for 45 minutes.

  8. Mix the crème frâiche and cornflour/cornstarch together in a bowl, then stir into the casserole until well blended. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes, uncovered, until bubbling. The sauce will become thick.

  9. Serve over tagliatelle.

Updated: November 14, 2017

Chicken and Ham Savoury

Chicken and Ham Savoury

 

An easy one-dish chicken meal. A layer of chunks of chicken and pieces of ham, with baby spinach in a creamy cheese sauce, topped with diced potatoes.

 

Chicken and Ham Savoury
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 40 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ onion
  • 1 carrot, cut into large chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 675g (1½ lb) potatoes, cut into even sized pieces (about 5 medium)
  • 115g (4 oz) cooked ham, diced
  • 340g (12 oz) baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 28g (1 oz) flour (3 tbsp)
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) milk (⅔ cup)
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) hot chicken stock (⅔ cup)
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) single/table cream (⅔ cup)
  • 85g (3 oz) Gruyère cheese, grated (¾ cup)

  • Equipment
  • 1.5 litre/2½ pint (6 cup) ovenproof dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6).

  3. Put the chicken, onion, carrot and bay leaf into a pan and cover with water. Bring the water to the boil, then cover the pan and gently simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the chicken and discard the water and vegetables.

  4. Blanch the potatoes in boiling salted water for 5 minutes. Drain and, when cool enough to handle, dice into 1cm (½ inch) cubes.

  5. Dice the chicken and put into a large bowl along with the ham and spinach. Toss to mix, then spread over the base of the ovenproof dish.

  6. Melt the butter over a medium heat. Turn the heat down and quickly stir in the flour and mix to a smooth paste. Gradually add the milk and stock, stirring continuously until there is a smooth sauce. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for a further 2–3 minutes, stirring continuously, until the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from the heat. Add the seasoning, cream and cheese and beat well.

  7. Pour half the sauce over the chicken mixture. Spread the cubed potato over the top, then spoon the rest of the sauce over.

  8. Bake above the centre of the oven for 40 minutes until the potato is tender and has started to brown.

  9. Serve with a salad or seasonal vegetables.

Updated: November 7, 2017

Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables

Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables

 

Sirloin steak cut into strips and stir fried with red pepper, broccoli and carrots, served with a sauce over a bed of rice.

 

Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) water (⅔ cup)
  • 284ml (10 oz) can condensed beef broth (Campbells)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 small head of broccoli
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 450g (1 lb) sirloin steak, cut into strips

  • Equipment
  • A 22.5cm/10 inch frying pan/skillet


  1. Method
  2. First, blend together the cornflour and water in a bowl. Stir in the beef broth and soy sauce and then set aside.

  3. Deseed the pepper and cut into small chunks. Break the broccoli into small florets, discarding the stem. Peel and thinly slice the carrots.

  4. Place the pan over a medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. When hot, add the vegetables and garlic and stir to coat. Stir-fry until tender, about 5–8 minutes. Remove and keep warm.

  5. Add the other 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and when hot add the beef. Stir-fry for 2–4 minutes according to how well-done you like your steak. Turn frequently to brown on all sides. Remove and keep warm.

  6. Add the reserved broth to the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium and stir until it thickens. Return the vegetables and meat to the pan, stirring through the sauce. Reheat for a couple of minutes until hot.

  7. Serve over a bed of rice.

Updated: November 6, 2017

Breaded Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

 

A simple meal of fish and chips, prepared and cooked in an hour. A chunky piece of fresh white fish (haddock or cod), coated in fresh breadcrumbs, and shallow fried for just 10 minutes. Served with home cooked fries and ready to be doused with ketchup and vinegar.

 

Fish and Chips
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the fish
  • 4 × 140g (4 × 5 oz) haddock fillets, skinned
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbsp dried breadcrumbs
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • flavourless oil (not olive oil)

  • For the chips
  • 900g (2 lb) large potatoes (about 5)
  • 2 tbsp oil (not olive oil)
  • salt and ground black pepper

  • To serve
  • tartare sauce and 4 lemon wedges for the fish
  • malt vinegar and tomato ketchup for the chips

  • Equipment
  • large frying pan/skillet or sauté pan
  • large baking sheet, covered with baking parchment


  1. Method
  2. Adjust oven rack to the lowest level and preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6)

  3. For the chips
  4. Peel potatoes and slice into ½ inch thick rounds and then into ½ inch thick strips. Pat dry and place in a bowl.

  5. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Toss until evenly coated.

  6. Spread out on the baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, turning 2 or 3 times until browned and tender.

  7. For the fish
  8. Meanwhile prepare the fish. Spread the flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Then spread breadcrumbs on a second plate. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl.

  9. Pat the fish dry with kitchen paper. Taking one fillet at a time, coat it in the flour, gently shaking off any excess. Then dip it in the beaten egg and coat in the breadcrumbs. Set aside on a clean plate and repeat with the remaining fish.

  10. While the chips are cooking in the oven, the fish can be cooked on the hob. Heat the frying pan/skillet over a medium heat and pour in enough oil to just cover the bottom. When the oil is hot, add the fish and gently fry for about 5 minutes until golden and crisp on the underside. Carefully turn and repeat on the other side. The fish may have to be cooked in two batches. Lift the fish from the pan and place on a warmed plate covered with kitchen paper to absorb any oil. Cover the plate with foil and keep warm while cooking the rest of the fish.

  11. Serve immediately, garnished with the lemon wedges.

 

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

 

What can I say? Spaghetti Bolognese is a real family favourite. And quick and easy to prepare!

 

Spaghetti Bolognese
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the Bolognese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 450g (1 lb) minced/ground beef
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 275ml (10 fl oz) beef stock (1¼ cups)
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes (½ x 28 oz can diced tomatoes)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 115g (4 oz) button mushrooms, sliced (1½ cups) (optional)

  • For the spaghetti
  • 225g (8 oz) spaghetti (filling the hole of a pasta server with spaghetti is a single portion)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a little olive oil

  • To serve
  • Parmesan

  • Equipment
  • large frying pan/skillet or sauté pan
  • a large pan for the spaghetti


  1. Method
  2. Heat the oil in the pan and cook the onion over a low heat for 10 minutes until golden. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.

  3. Increase the heat to medium, add the beef, and brown for about 5 minutes. Break up any clumps with a wooden spoon.

  4. Stir in the stock and tomato purée and bring to the boil.

  5. Add the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, mushrooms, if using, and season. Give it a good stir and then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add salt and dash of olive oil, then ease the spaghetti into the pan.

  7. Reduce the heat a little and cook the spaghetti for the length of time according to the directions on the packet. (Can recommend DeCecco brand.)

  8. Drain through a large colander, reserving 120ml (4 fl oz) (½ cup) of the cooking water and then return to the pan with the spaghetti. Add the sauce and toss well.

  9. Spoon into bowls and top with little slivers of Parmesan.

  10. Note
  11. A Caesar salad makes a good starter. And garlic bread to serve with the Spaghetti Bolognese.

 

Individual Shepherd’s Pie

Individual Shepherd's Pie

 

These tasty little shepherd’s pies are made in a small gratin dish and are quick to prepare. The lamb is mixed with beans and a minted tomato sauce, and then covered with a creamy mash potato and topped with cheese and cherry tomatoes.

 

Individual Shepherd's Pie
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 900g (2 lb) potatoes, peeled and cut into even-sized chunks (about 6 medium)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 450g (1 lb) lamb mince/ground lamb
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) lamb or beef stock (1¼ cups)
  • 415g tin baked beans
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée/tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 tbsp cheddar cheese, grated

  • Equipment
  • 4 × individual serving ovenproof dishes


  1. Method
  2. Add the potatoes to a pan of boiling salted water and simmer for 25 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile heat the oil in a frying pan/skillet, then add the lamb, and brown over a medium heat, about 5 minutes.

  4. Reduce the heat a little and stir through the flour. Then add the stock, stirring until it thickens, about 2 minutes.

  5. Next stir in the baked beans, tomato purée/tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and mint. Season. Reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Divide between the dishes.

  6. Preheat the grill/broiler while finishing the pies.

  7. Drain the potatoes once they are tender, then mash, adding a good knob of butter and just enough milk to produce a creamy mash. Spread the mash evenly over the meat mixture.

  8. Place six tomato halves, cut sides up, on top of each pie, pressing them down a little into the mash.Then sprinkle the cheese over.

  9. Place under the grill/broiler and cook for about 6–8 minutes until golden and bubbling.

  10. Individual Shepherd's Pie

 

Pork and Mushrooms in a Mustard Wine Sauce

Pork and Mushrooms in a Mustard Wine Sauce

 

A very tasty dish that takes just 20 minutes to cook. Pork steaks or tenderloin and sliced mushrooms are sautéed in olive oil and served in a creamy mustard and white wine sauce with thyme.

 

Pork and Mushrooms in a Mustard Wine Sauce
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 pork loin steaks, or a piece of pork tenderloin cut into 4
  • 225g (8 oz) mushrooms, rinsed, trimmed and thickly sliced (12 button mushrooms)
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 240ml (8 fl oz) dry white wine (1 cup)
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • fresh chives (optional)

  • Suggested serving accompaniment
  • new or baby potatoes and a green salad, green beans, or spinach

  • Equipment
  • large frying pan/skillet


  1. Method
  2. Warm a plate in the oven.

  3. Then, place the frying pan/skillet over a medium heat and pour in the olive oil. When it is hot, add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the pork to the pan. Brown the pork on both sides, about 5 minutes, then reduce the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes on each side. Transfer to the warmed plate and and return it to the oven.

  4. Toss the mushrooms in the pan to coat and cook until lightly browned, 2–3 minutes. Lift out with a slotted spoon and add to the pork.

  5. Blend the flour into the pan juices. Gradually stir in the wine until the sauce is smooth and then add the thyme leaves. Increase the heat and let it bubble until reduced by about two-thirds.

  6. Turn the heat down to low and stir in the crème fraîche and mustard to warm through. Do not let the mixture boil as it will make the mustard taste bitter. Season.

  7. Return the pork, mushrooms and any juices, to the pan and stir the sauce. Heat everything through very gently and then serve garnished with snipped chives, if liked.

Updated: October 4, 2017

Baked Fish with Tomatoes and Tasty Breadcrumbs

Baked fish and tomatoes with tasty breadcrumbs

 

A simple fish dish, cooked on a bed of rice with buttery garlic and onion sautéed breadcrumbs.

 

Baked Fish with Tomatoes and Tasty Breadcrumbs
Prepares: 4 servings (picture shows 2)
 
  • Preparation time: 35–45 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes (oven)

  • Ingredients
  • ¾ cup rice
  • 4 × 140g (5 oz) white fish fillets, skinned (e.g. haddock)
  • fresh or dried thyme
  • ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 55g (2 oz) butter (¼ cup, or ½ stick)
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (about 2 slices of bread)
  • 7g (¼ oz) fresh parsley, finely chopped (should yield about ¼ cup)
  • ½ lemon

  • To serve
  • Seasonal vegetables

  • Equipment
  • Ovenproof dish, greased. It should be large enough to lay the fish in a single layer.


  1. Method
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) gas 4

  3. Bring rice to the boil in 360ml (12 fl oz) (1½ cups) lightly salted water. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. For brown rice, simmer for 15 minutes and for white rice simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, remove the skin from the tomatoes. Put them in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for one minute. Carefully, remove from the water and gently peel away the skin. (It should come away very easily.) Set aside.

  5. Lightly season the fish with thyme and pepper.

  6. Once the rice has finished simmering for the appropriate time, spread the rice and the remaining water from the pan in the ovenproof dish. It will not be fully cooked at this point. Then lay the fish on top of the rice in a single layer and sprinkle the wine over the fish. Slice the tomatoes and arrange over the fish.

  7. Melt the butter in a frying pan/skillet add the onion and garlic, and cook over a low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Mix in the breadcrumbs and parsley, then scatter over the tomatoes.

  8. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for a further 10 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the topping golden brown.

  9. Cut the lemon into four slices and use to garnish.

Updated: November 13, 2017

Potato Moussaka

Potato Moussaka

 

This tasty moussaka has layers of a tomato meat sauce and sliced potatoes which are topped with a cheese sauce and then sprinkled with extra cheese.

 

Potato Moussaka
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 50 minutes
  • Cooking time: 50 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 900g (2 lb) potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks (6 medium)

  • For the meat sauce
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 450g (l lb) minced lamb/ground lamb
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes (½ x 796 ml can diced tomatoes)
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée/paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • For the cheese sauce
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 28g (1 oz) flour (2 tbsp)
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) milk (1¼ cups)
  • 85g (3 oz) Cheddar cheese, grated (¾ cup)
  • 1 egg, medium (U.K.)/large (N.A.)

  • Serving suggestion
  • Serve with seasonal vegetables or a salad.

  • Equipment
  • 1.5 litre (2½ pint) oven proof dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) (gas 5)

  3. Bring the potatoes to the boil in a pan of water, then simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool a little.

  4. For the meat sauce
  5. Heat the oil in a deep-sided frying pan/skillet. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the onions to coat. Cook until they start to soften, about 5 minutes.

  6. Add the lamb to the pan and brown the meat over a medium heat, about 5 minutes.

  7. Add the tomatoes, tomato purée/paste and oregano and stir. Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes. Season.

  8. For the cheese sauce
  9. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small pan. Tilt the pan so the butter runs to one edge and tip the flour onto the butter. Mix to form a paste and then cook over a low heat for 1 minute.

  10. While the roux is cooking, warm the milk in a microwave (this will make it easier to blend into the roux).

  11. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually stir in the milk until smooth. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring continuously, until the sauce thickens.

  12. Remove from the heat and stir in 55g (2 oz) (½ cup) of the cheese. Continue stirring until the cheese has melted into the sauce. (The cheese is added off the heat so it won’t turn the sauce oily.) Leave to cool slightly, about 2 minutes, and then vigorously beat in the egg.

  13. To assemble
  14. Slice the potatoes thinly.

  15. Spoon half the meat sauce into the ovenproof dish and spread the mixture out evenly. Layer half the potato slices over the meat sauce.Then spoon the remaining meat sauce over these potatoes. Layer the rest of the potatoes over the meat sauce, overlapping them slightly, if possible. Spread the cheese sauce over the potatoes. Now sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top.

  16. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for a further 20 minutes, or until the top is golden in colour and the potatoes feel tender when pierced with a skewer.

  17. Serve with seasonable vegetables or a salad.

Updated: April 20, 2017

Thyme Chicken Marsala

Thyme Chicken Marsala

 

Marsala, an Italian wine, traditionally flavours this classic dish. The chicken breasts are sautéed and served on a bed of sautéed red pepper and carrot sticks. A thyme–marsala sauce is then poured over and the dish is served with linguine.

 

Thyme Chicken Marsala
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 35 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, skinned
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large carrots, cut into julienne strips
  • 2 small red peppers, cut into julienne strips
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt and pepper
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) dry Marsala wine (⅔ cup)
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

  • To serve
  • linguine (I can recommend the De Cecco brand)

  • Equipment
  • a large sauté pan


  1. Method
  2. Warm four plates in the oven.

  3. Place each chicken breast between 2 pieces of cling film/wrap and, working from the centre to the edges, pound lightly with a rolling pin to flatten.

  4. Spread the flour onto a plate. Then coat each chicken breast in the flour, shaking off any excess, and transferring to a clean plate. Set aside.

  5. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan over a medium heat, add the carrot strips and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Add the red pepper, garlic, and seasoning to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender. Divide between the four plates and return to the oven to keep warm, while cooking the chicken.

  7. You are now ready to cook the chicken. Depending on the size of your pan this may need to be done in two batches. So, pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan, add the chicken and, over a medium heat, cook for 4 minutes each side until cooked through. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and keep warm in the oven.

  8. Reduce the heat to very low and stir the wine and thyme into the pan. Scrape up any crusty bits from the bottom of the pan and stir for 1 minute. You just want the wine to warm through but don’t let it evaporate.

  9. Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Serve with linguine.

Updated: September 3, 2017

Lemony Chicken Stir-Fry

Lemony Chicken Stir Fry

 

Chicken strips are marinated in lemon and then stir-fried with broccoli florets, carrot sticks and spring onions/green onions and tossed in soy sauce. It is served over a bed of rice and is just perfect for a summer dish.

 

Lemony Chicken Stir Fry
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Marinading time: 1–2 hours
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 450g (1 lb) boneless chicken breasts cut into strips (4)
  • 1 lemon
  • pepper
  • small head broccoli
  • 340g (12 oz) carrots (6–8 medium)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 60ml (2 fl oz) water (¼ cup)
  • 2 tbsp clarified butter*
  • 2 spring onions/green onions cut into 2.5cm/1 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp cornflour/cornstarch
  • 1 tsp water
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce

  • * To clarify butter, melt in a saucepan over a low heat. Skim off the clear liquid from the sediment that collects in the bottom. Discard sediment.

  • To serve
  • rice

  • Equipment
  • Large sauté pan with lid


  1. Method
  2. Place the chicken strips in a non-metallic bowl. Finely cut the rind from a quarter of the lemon and put to one side. Squeeze the juice from the whole lemon (this should produce 3 tablespoons). Pour the lemon juice over the chicken and season with pepper. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 1 hour.

  3. Cut or break the broccoli into small florets. Cut the carrots into 8cm (3 inch) batons.

  4. Heat the oil over a high heat and add the broccoli florets and carrots. Stir-fry for 1 minute.

  5. Add the water, then cover and reduce the heat to medium. Steam for 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender-crisp.

  6. Make a well in the centre of the vegetables and add the butter, lemon rind, and onions.

  7. Drain the chicken, reserving the marinade, and add to the pan. Stir-fry for 6 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

  8. Combine the cornflour/cornstarch and water until smooth. Add to the pan along with the reserved lemon marinade and let it bubble for 1 minute until thickened.

  9. Stir in the soy sauce and toss to coat.

  10. Serve over a bed of rice.

Updated: August 30, 2017