Barbecued Tandoori Chicken

This was delish!!! Such a quick and simple dish. The longer you marinade, the better. I did mine in the morning before work- 7am and cooked at 6pm.

Just sprinkle 3 heaped tsp tandoori masala spice mix into 250ml yoghurt. Add to chicken (I’m doing 1kg chicken thighs today) and allow to marinade for at least an hour (but the longer the better).

If you have an open bbq, precook in the oven for 25 mins at 180oC then finish on the bbq. But we did ours in our covered bbq for a similar time (no precooking) and they were cooked through and succulent. 👌🙌 Serve on folded flatbreads with remaining yogurt, mint and yoghurt dressing, tomatoes, cucumber and salad.

Paella

A friend at work asked me if I could post my recipe for paella so here it is 😊 I cooked the whole chicken thighs separately last night and added them at the end but usually I cook the meat in the pan at the start. It’s a very versatile meal- sometimes I omit the prawns and other times I add a seafood mix. I especially love serving it at the table in my large cast iron pan as it reminds me of seeing paella being cooked at Spanish markets.

Paella

Serves 4 (large portions!)

INGREDIENTS

8 chicken thighs

1 red pepper, roughly chopped

1 red onion, roughly chopped

1 chorizo ring, sliced

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp dried thyme

1 pinch of dried chilli flakes

Seasoning

350g paella rice

1.75 pints of chicken stock

3 tbsp frozen peas

14 cherry tomatoes, halved

200g cooked king prawns

METHOD

1. Cook the chicken thighs in the oven at 190oC for 45 minutes. Once cooked remove from the oven and set aside.

2. While the chicken is cooking, fry the onions, pepper and chorizo in the olive oil for 5 minutes.

3. Add the garlic, spices and thyme and fry for a further minute.

4. Season and stir in the paella rice ensuring it gets coated in oil.

5. Pour in 1 pint of the chicken stock and the frozen peas and simmer for around 25 minutes.

6. Keep an eye on the paella rice, stirring occasionally to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

7. Top up with the chicken stock every so often when it starts getting a bit dry so the rice is submerged.

8. After 20 minutes add the cooked prawns and stir through.

9. Most of the stock should have been added (you may need to add more/less- taste the rice to see if it’s cooked). Finish by stirring through the tomatoes and giving them a couple of minutes to warm up.

10. Serve with the cooked chicken thighs on top.

Fajitas!

Homemade fajitas!!! You can’t beat a fajita can you?! 🤤 I used to buy the kits but for the last year or so I make them from scratch as the chicken fajita seasoning is so simple to make and the guacamole and salsa are so much tastier made fresh. The @morrisons mexican rice was a cheat but it was really tasty and only cost 47p!

Fajita chicken

I fry 3/4 sliced chicken breasts with sliced red onion and pepper and then sprinkle on around half a tsp of cayenne pepper, paprika, smoked paprika and cumin. Then I add a pinch of dried chilli flakes and a little water to stop it sticking.

Salsa

The salsa is simply 4 chopped salad tomatoes, with 1 small onion diced, the juice of half a lime, a pinch of dried chilli flakes and a small handful of fresh coriander chopped.

Guacamole

Chop 2 avocados, squeeze half a lime over, add 1 small crushed garlic clove, a handful of chopped fresh coriander, a pinch of chilli flakes and seasoning. Roughly mash with a fork.

Karahi Curry Night

You can’t beat a slow cooker curry night! This is as quick and simple as it gets. Just veg, a jar of sauce and chicken. Dead easy and the smell when you walk in through the front door after a long day at work is divine. Serve with microwave rice and naan and it can be on the table in no time.

I put 1 chopped onion and 1 chopped pepper in the slow cooker with 5 skinless and boneless chicken thighs. Poured over @morrisons karahi sauce and cooked on low for 11 hours. Served with @morrisons pilau rice and @lidl peshawari naan bread.

Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken recipe from @diethood but I used a jar of salsa instead of making my own which, along with buying grated cheddar, made this a super easy quick meal.

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp olive oil

3 chicken breasts

Mild chilli powder

Cumin

Paprika

Garlic granules

Seasoning

300g jar mild salsa

400g chopped tomatoes

100g grated cheddar

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 180oC.

2. Heat the oil in an ovenproof pan.

3. Add the chicken breasts and add a sprinkle of each spice plus the seasoning on one side.

4. Brown (high heat) for 2 minutes and turn over. Repeat the spice and seasoning on the other side. Brown for a further 2 minutes.

5. Remove the chicken from the pan and add the salsa and tomatoes.

6. Place the chicken on top and spoon some of the tomato sauce over the chicken then sprinkle each breast with grated cheese.

7. Bake for 30 minutes.

Indian Spiced Kebabs

These @morrisons Indian Spiced Kebabs where fantastic last night for a quick and tasty dinner. They take 25 minutes in the oven so brilliant if you’re short of time. I served them with @tildarice lime and coriander rice (another time saver- just 2 mins in the microwave), @morrisons raita and a salad made of tomato, cucumber, spring onion, coriander and juice of half a lime.