Coated Chicken with Peppers

Coated Chicken with Peppers

 

A chicken dish that can be barbecued or popped under the grill/broiler for just 10 minutes.

Chicken fillets are coated with oregano, garlic and sundried tomato in olive oil that makes it super tasty. Just serve with a green salad and crusty rolls.

 

Coated Chicken with Peppers
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the chicken and peppers
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, skinned
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 55g (2 oz) sundried tomato paste (¼ cup)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano leaves, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Romano peppers /long red peppers or shepherd peppers

  • For the salad dressing
  • 115g (4 oz) Mary Berry’s Special Mustard Dressing/Walden Farms Honey Dijon Dressing (⅓ cup)
  • 1½ tsp clear/runny honey
  • 1 small orange, juice only

  • To serve
  • A green salad and crusty rolls


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the barbecue or grill/broiler.

  3. Slice each chicken fillet in half to make 2 thinner fillets.

  4. Stir together the garlic, tomato paste, olive oil, oregano and seasoning. Spread over both sides of the chicken.

  5. Halve the peppers lengthways, de-seed and then cut into thin strips.

  6. Whisk together the dressing with the honey and orange juice. and stir through the salad.
  7. Barbecue or grill/broil the chicken for 5 minutes on each side until they are cooked through.

  8. After the first 5 minutes of cooking the chicken, add the pepper strips to the barbecue or grill/broiler and cook for about 5 minutes, turning them a couple of times. They should be just soft but not blackened.

  9. Divide the peppers between 4 plates, top with 2 pieces of chicken and serve with the salad, and crusty rolls on the side.

Updated: July 9, 2017

Garlic Chicken and Crispy Potatoes

Garlic Chicken and Crispy Potatoes

 

This chicken dish just takes 20 minutes to cook – one to choose when time is short. The chicken breasts, chunky potatoes and garlic are sautéed in olive oil and butter until crisp and then covered in a white wine sauce.

 

Garlic Chicken and Crispy Potatoes
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: About 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 900g (2 lb) potatoes (6 medium)
  • 55g (2 oz) butter (¼ cup, or ½ stick)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) good chicken stock (1¼ cups)
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) white wine (1¼ cups)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

  • Equipment
  • 2 × large sauté pans or skillets
  • a medium sized serving dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to a low heat and put the serving dish in the oven to warm.

  3. Peel and cut the potatoes into small chunks. Bring a pan of water to the boil and simmer the potatoes until just tender, about 15 minutes.

  4. Season the chicken breasts.

  5. Divide the butter and oil between the two pans.

  6. Place one pan over a medium heat and when the butter is foaming add the chicken breasts and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat and continue to cook the chicken until it is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, drain the potatoes when they are just tender and leave for a couple of minutes to dry out while you place the other pan over a medium heat. Once the butter is foaming add the potatoes with the garlic and turn to coat. Continue to cook until the potatoes are golden and crisp, turning occasionally.

  8. When the chicken is ready, transfer it to a warm serving dish and keep warm in the oven. Add the potatoes and garlic once they are ready.

  9. Pour the chicken stock and wine into the pan the chicken was cooked in and let it bubble over a high heat until reduced by half. Stir occasionally and scrape all the crispy bits from the bottom of the pan.

  10. Pour over the chicken, potatoes and garlic and serve garnished with the parsley.

Updated: June 4, 2017

Chicken Kiev

Chicken Kiev

 

A traditional chicken kiev where chicken breasts are stuffed with a garlic butter and parsley and coated in fresh breadcrumbs, then baked until golden. Mmmm!

 

Chicken Kiev
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 55g (2 oz) butter, softened (¼ cup, or ½ stick)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, skinned
  • 40g (1½ oz) flour (¼ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 225g (8 oz) fine fresh white breadcrumbs (about 4 slices, or 3 cups)

  • To serve
  • A green salad


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

  3. Beat together the butter, garlic, parsley and seasoning. Set aside.

  4. Cut a slit along the thickest part of each chicken breast, 4cm (1½ inches) long and 2cm (¾ inch) deep. Push one-quarter of the butter mixture into each slit and secure with a cocktail stick.

  5. Put the beaten eggs in a shallow bowl and spread the flour and breadcrumbs over separate plates. Coat each breast in the flour, tapping off any excess, then dip into the egg and coat in the breadcrumbs. Dip again in the egg and follow with a final coating of breadcrumbs.

  6. Put the chicken on a greased baking tray and bake for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the breadcrumbs are golden.

  7. Remove the cocktail sticks and serve with a salad.

Updated: May 28, 2017

Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

 

A firm favourite with children of all ages. These lamb meatballs flavoured with oregano and Parmesan cheese are cooked in a passata based sauce. Usually served with spaghetti but any pasta you choose will work.

 

Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: About 45 minutes
  • Standing time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: About 40 minutes hob

  • Ingredients
  • For the meatballs
  • 14g (½ oz) butter (1 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 slices, about 55g (2 oz) white bread, preferably one day old, crusts removed and torn into pieces
  • 120ml (4 fl oz) whole milk (½ cup)
  • 500g (1lb 2 oz) lamb mince/ground lamb
  • 14g (½ oz) flat leaf parsley/Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 28g (1 oz) Parmesan cheese, grated (¼ cup)
  • salt and pepper

  • For the tomato sauce
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 small stick celery, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 14g/½ oz butter (1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 × 700ml bottle passata
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 120ml (4 fl oz) whole milk (½ cup)
  • salt and pepper

  • Equipment
  • A large sauté pan with lid

  • To serve
  • pasta
  • a green salad or Caesar salad


  1. Method
  2. Heat the butter and a tablespoon of olive oil in a small pan and, when hot, add the onion and stir to coat. Sprinkle with salt and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes until softened but not browned, stirring occasionally. Remove to a dish to cool.

  3. Put the bread in a shallow dish and cover with the milk.

  4. Next put the carrot, celery and garlic in a food processor and blitz. Put the butter and oil into the sauté pan and, when hot, add the vegetables and stir to coat. Cook over a medium–low heat until soft, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the passata then add the bay leaves and season. Cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, put the lamb in a large bowl and add the bread, discarding any milk. Put half the parsley on a chopping board, sprinkle over the dried oregano and chop the parsley finely. (This will activate the oregano.) Add the herbs to the mince with the egg, Parmesan cheese, cooled onion and some pepper. Mix together until well combined. Make into 20–24 meatballs and flatten them slightly. Place on a baking tray lined with clingfilm and refrigerate for 20 minutes to firm up.

  6. When the sauce has cooked for 20 minutes, stir in the milk. and continue to cook gently, uncovered, for a further 10 minutes. Season to taste.

  7. Once the meatballs have firmed up, put two tablespoons of oil into a large frying pan and brown the meatballs all over, about 5 minutes. Remove them with a spatula and add to the sauce. Cover and cook for a further 20–30 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.

  8. Chop the remaining parsley and, just before serving, sprinkle over the meatballs.

  9. Serve with pasta and a salad.

Updated: May 22, 2017

Beef and Bacon Bolognese

Beef and Bacon Bolognese

 

This bolognese is loaded with wholesome ingredients. The beef and bacon are cooked in a sauce of tomatoes, chopped onions, diced carrots and celery, garlic, herbs and red wine.

 

Beef and Bacon Bolognese
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30–35 minutes
  • Cooking time: 55 minutes hob

  • Ingredients
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stick, diced
  • 115g (4 oz) smoked bacon rashers, chopped (about 4 rashers)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes (½ x 28 fl oz can diced tomatoes)
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) beef stock (⅔ cup)
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) red wine (⅔ cup)
  • 4 tbsp tomato purée/tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs (basil, marjoram and oregano)
  • salt and pepper
  • 340g (12 oz) lean mince beef/ground beef
  • 1 red pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • 115g (4 oz) mushrooms, rinsed and sliced (6 button mushrooms)

  • To serve
  • serve with fettuccine

  • Equipment
  • Large frying pan/skillet
  • A deep sided frying pan or sauté pan


  1. Method
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan/skillet over a medium heat. When hot, add the onion, carrot, celery, bacon and garlic Stir to coat in the oil and then cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Stir in the tomatoes, stock, wine, tomato purée/tomato paste, bay leaf, herbs and seasoning. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

  4. Heat the remaining oil in a deep frying pan or sauté pan, over a medium heat and, when hot, add the beef with the pepper. Fry for about 5 minutes to brown the meat.

  5. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 3 minutes.

  6. Stir in the sauce, bring everything to the boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

  7. Serve with fettuccini.

Updated March 29, 2017

Gammon Steak with a Clear Parsley Sauce

Gammon Steak with a Clear Parsley Sauce

 

A very quick recipe just right for summer. Gammon steaks are cooked in garlic and oil then covered in a really tasty clear parsley sauce.

 

Gammon Steak with a Clear Parsley Sauce
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 12 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 4 tsp oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 gammon steaks
  • 60ml/2 fl oz/4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 120ml/4 fl oz/8 tbsp water
  • ground black pepper
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped

  • To serve
  • 228g/8 oz peas

  • Equipment
  • large heavy-based frying pan/skillet


  1. Method
  2. Put plates in a very low oven to warm.

  3. Remove any rind from the steaks.

  4. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in the pan over a medium heat, then stir in the garlic. The steaks will need to be cooked two at a time. Lay the first two steaks in the pan and cook for 3 minutes each side. Remove and transfer to a warmed plate in the oven.

  5. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in the pan and cook the remaining two steaks. Then transfer to a warmed plate in the oven.

  6. Meanwhile whisk the vinegar with the water, pepper and honey in a small bowl. Once the steaks are cooked, remove the pan from the heat and add the sauce along with most of the parsley. Stir for 1 minute. The heat of the pan will be enough to heat through the sauce.

  7. Pour the sauce over the steaks and sprinkle over the remaining parsley. Serve with the peas and other seasonal vegetables.

 

Hot Orange Chicken

Hot Orange Chicken

 

Chicken breasts are marinaded in a garlic, orange and wine sauce with wholegrain mustard and Tabasco to give it a kick. The marinading is well worthwhile as is produces succulent chicken breasts with lots of flavour.

 

Hot Orange Chicken
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Marinading time: 24 hours and overnight
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the marinade
  • 2 oranges, zest and juice
  • 60ml/2 fl oz dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, skin removed

  • 4 boned chicken breasts, skinned


  1. Method
  2. Put all the ingredients for the marinade into a jug or small bowl and stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.

  3. Prick the chicken with a fork and place in a single layer in a shallow dish so they fit snugly. Pour over the marinade, cover and refrigerate overnight.

  4. These can then be either grilled/broiled or barbecued.

  5. If using a grill/broiler, turn to a low heat then cook the chicken for 10 minutes on each side, basting each side well with the marinade.

  6. Serve with vegetables of your choice.

 

Mediterranean Chicken

Mediterranean Chicken

 

There is just so much flavour in this chicken dish which is served with fettuccine.

Peppers are cooked first to bring out their flavour and sweetness, then added with the chicken to a garlic and basil tomato sauce with courgette/zucchini slices and onions.

 

Mediterranean Chicken
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 35 minutes
  • Cooking time: 50 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 1 red pepper, quartered and deseeded
  • 1 yellow pepper, quartered and deseeded
  • 4 chicken breasts, skinned
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into half-moons shapes
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 courgette/zucchini, halved lengthways then cut into 1cm/½ inch slices
  • 2 × 400g/28 fl oz can chopped/diced tomatoes
  • 20g fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tsp light brown soft sugar
  • salt and pepper

  • To serve
  • fettuccine

  • Equipment
  • a large sauté pan


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the grill/broiler for 10 minutes.

  3. Place the peppers on a baking tray, skin side up, then grill/broil until the skin has blackened and blistered. Remove from the heat and place in a plastic food storage bag using tongs. Seal the bag and leave to become cool. (The steam that is released helps to lift the skin away from the flesh.)

  4. Meanwhile, season the chicken. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan. Add the chicken and, over a medium heat, brown on both sides. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

  5. Add the other tablespoon of oil to the pan, reduce the heat to low, add the onions and cook until softened and coloured around the edges, 10 minutes.

  6. Next, add the garlic and courgette slices, cover the pan and cook for a further 4–5 minutes, until the courgettes have started to soften.

  7. While the vegetables are cooking, peel off the skins of the peppers and cut the flesh into thin strips.

  8. Finally, add the tomatoes, half the basil, sugar and peppers to the pan and season. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then return the chicken breasts to the pan, pushing them down into the pan. Cook, uncovered, over a gentle heat, for 20 minutes, turning the chicken halfway through.

  9. Serve with fettuccine and the remaining basil scattered on top.

 

Creamy Garlic Potatoes

Creamy Garlic Potatoes

 

For those dishes where you want to add potatoes that are a little bit special. The sliced potatoes are baked with garlic and cream until just browning on the top.

 

Creamy Garlic Potatoes
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 900g/2 lb potatoes, peeled and cut into even-sized pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 300ml/10 fl oz/½ pint double cream/whipping cream
  • salt and pepper

  • Equipment
  • A large sized ovenproof dish


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

  3. Place the potatoes in a pan of water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and leave in the pan for a couple of minutes to dry. Slice thickly.

  4. Spread evenly over the base of the ovenproof dish and season. Add the whole garlic cloves and pour over the cream.

  5. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, return to the oven for a further 10 minutes until the tops of the potato are starting to brown.

 

Baked Cod Provençal

When we were grocery shopping this week, our fish counter was displaying some wild cod and it looked so good – really white and chunky. I couldn’t resist buying some and I cooked it making a provençal dish. It certainly didn’t disappoint.

 

It is not often we see wild fish to buy here in Canada, the main one we do see being wild pacific salmon, but I buy it when I can because there is certainly a difference. Once I found out how farmed fish was produced, with all its potential toxins, it made me realise just how much we have forgone quality for quantity. But that’s another story.

 

Anyway, we enjoyed our fish supper and hope you will want to try it too.

 

Baked Cod Provençal

 

A nutritious fish dish that is full of flavour. The chunky piece of cod is baked with sliced peppers, plum tomatoes and garlic in a tomato, herb and wine sauce.

 

Baked Cod Provençal
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes (8m hob, 20m oven)
  • Cooking time: 28 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 675g/1 lb 8 oz cod, skinned (chunky cod, if available)
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 x 400g/28 fl oz can plum tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp white wine
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 oz butter

  • Equipment
  • large sauté pan
  • ovenproof dish, buttered


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

  3. Cut the fish into 4 portions and place in the ovenproof dish. Season and set aside.

  4. Heat the oil in the pan, add the peppers and, over a medium heat, sauté for 3–4 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally.

  5. Drain the tomatoes, reserving the juice, and add to the pan along with the garlic, wine, lemon juice and oregano. Season. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the reserved tomato juice, then simmer for a further 3–4 minutes.

  6. Pour the vegetables over the fish and dot the fish with the butter.

  7. Bake towards the top of the oven for 20 minutes or until the fish is cooked. Baste half way through cooking.

 

Garlic Bread by the Slice

Garlic Bread

 

Very quick to prepare, garlic bread by the slice is very handy when a whole garlic baguette isn’t needed.

 

Garlic Bread by the Slice
Prepares: 2 slices
 
  • Preparation time: About 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 2 slices French bread*
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 50g/2 oz butter, softened
  • ¼ tsp dried parsley


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

  3. Combine the garlic and parsley with the butter. Spread each slice on one side with the garlic butter. Arrange on a baking tray and cover with foil.

  4. Bake in the oven for 10–15 minutes, removing the foil halfway through cooking.

  5. *For the French bread
  6. Take one loaf of French bread and remove the crusts from both ends. Slice the loaf into thick slices, about 1.25cm/½ inch. Separate the number of slices usually required by a piece of baking parchment. (This makes it easier to remove just a few slices at a time from the freezer to thaw.) Wrap the bread in foil and freeze. When needed just thaw the required number of slices and follow the recipe above.

  7. We enjoy lovely home-baked bread and if you would like to bake your own French bread you could follow Paul’s recipe for Crusty French Bread.