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One Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken & Potatoes

Updated: Apr 1

This dish is crazy easy! Like ridiculously easy. And the best thing is, you only use one pot! So there is hardly any cleaning up to do after.


I must admit, this is a #covid_19 quarantine inspired dish. My darling best friend is an extremely talented makeup artist and skin care guru, she's uber stylish, very witty, knows every single dance from Honey and can style a bed like its out about to have its own Vogue 4 page editorial. She has many a talents, but cooking is not one of them. Hmm actually, I don't think its fair to say cooking isn't a talent of hers, I think with good ingredients and the right guidance (erm, me) anyone can be a good cook. But most importantly, it has to be cooked with love!


Now Amelia (my darling BFF) works long hours, as does her partner. Her partner, who some of you might know of as @BlokeInABar, is an athlete and as his insta name might suggest, is a bit of a bloke. He likes meat and he has a big appetite. They eat out and uber eats in a lot. The current covid-19 sitch going on, has Amelia inspired (forced) to have a few dishes up her sleeve to cook at home with ingredients that she will most likely already have on hand. Because the other alternative was living off the tins of soup and boxes of cereal @ABlokeInABar stocked up on. So I said to her "don't worry boo, I got you".


The brief; ingredients I can have on hand so I don't have to battle the grocery store on the reg (cause who wants to be there right now and social distancing), must feed a bloke and be healthy(ish).


The fresh ingredients in this dish are; chicken (which you can freeze), potatoes can last weeks or months if stored correctly (read how to store them here), Garlic (they have a long counter life but can last longer if stored correctly) and lemons (just pop them in the fridge). The rest of the ingredients; Olives (are marinated/preserved), dried oregano, olive oil, salt and pepper!


I have a bunch more recipes for the above brief up my sleeve, which I will be sharing in the coming days. Let me know if you have any particular wants and needs to see on here.


In the mean time I'll leave you with this kitchen (that's how you say chicken with a Greek accent) recipe. Make sure you share and tag me on insta @AlikiXyrakis





Makes 2 - 4 portions


Ingredients

Organic of free range Chicken thighs and drumsticks (Quantity really depends on how much you want. I would suggest 6 thighs and 4-6 drumsticks)

2-3 lemons

2 Potatoes

1 Bulb garlic (or more if you fancy)

Olives (I used green but black work fine too. Quantity also just depends on how much you love olives)

Dried Oregano

Olive oil

Salt & Pepper


Method

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius (392 Fahrenheit for those playing in the US)


Cut potatoes into big chunky wedges


Pull garlic bulb apart into a few segments (don't need to separate the whole thing) and cut off the root ends. Leave skin on.


Heat a little olive oil in a big pot on medium high heat. Throw in drumsticks first then thighs, salt, pepper and brown. When you put the drumsticks in the pan first the skin renders off and creates more oil, this means you don't have to use much oil to stop the chicken from sticking.


Once you have some nice colour on the chicken (don't cook it the whole way through), remove from heat.


Salt and pepper the chicken then sprinkle with oregano. Throw in potatoes, garlic, olives, juice of one lemon, drizzle of olive oil, more salt, pepper and a generous sprinkle of oregano. Cut one or two lemons in half and just place them in the pot.


Put the lid on and chuck in the oven for 45-60min or until golden brown. This will vary depending on your oven, unfortunately they're not all made the same and even if you set it to 200 degrees, sometimes ovens lie. You can remove the lid for the final 15 minutes to help get a bit more extra yummy golden brown colour on it.


In the meantime you can scroll insta, meditate, do the washing, watch an episode of The Crown or have a nap.


Serve with a simple tomato salad and enjoy!


P.s

Simply tomato salad - chop a few very ripe tomatoes nice a chunky, slice up some red onion and place in a bowl. Salt, pepper, olive oil and a dash of white wine/red wine/apple cider vinegar. Give it a good mix (this is the secret to a good salad)! Pimp it with a crumble of feta if you feeling fancy.


P.p.s

There is a photo play by play from my Instagram below.



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