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Preheat the oven to 160⁰C fan/180⁰C/gas 4.
Place the onion, garlic, rosemary, chorizo, chickpeas, tomato puree, paprika and tomatoes in a roasting tin, and use the water to rinse out the tomato tin before pouring it in with everything else. Mix it up and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Arrange the chicken thighs over the tomato mixture and rub with the olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt, dried oregano and Ras Al Hanout, then rub it in. Transfer to the oven and roast for an hour. Check it, stir the stew if needed and pop it back in for however long you think. For me it’s usually 20 minutes but my oven is a little temperamental, yours might be different.
While the chicken is cooking prepare your sides. I serve this with wilted spinach (or greens) and couscous. You may have your own cooking methods but here is how I prepare them.
Couscous is the easiest side in the world. I pre-warm my lidded dish by filling it with boiled water. I measure out a cup of couscous, add a little salt, then add the exact same volume of boiling water. It needs to be as hot as can be, so work quickly as soon as the kettle boils. I leave it 10 minutes then fluff it up with a fork. I can usually avoid cooking it any further, but if it still has a little bite I add a spoonful of water and give it 2 minutes in the microwave.
I like spinach lightly steamed. I put it in a large lidded pan with a tiny amount of hot water (2 or 3 tablespoons.) I leave it on a low heat for 3 to 5 minutes with the lid on, stirring halfway through. It’s amazing how much it shrinks down so I cook loads of it. I drain it then serve it straight away, drizzled with a little olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a little salt and black pepper.
By now the chicken should be golden brown and cooked through. I transferred mine to a serving dish for this photo because my roasting tin is huge and ugly and I wanted to inspire you to give this delicious recipe a try. Enjoy!
This recipe is one of my fail-safes. If my week’s schedule is looking busy then I’ll plan to cook this because I can even knock it together the night before and leave it in the fridge, ready compiled, to stick in the oven the next day. (Sometimes I get the kids to do that for me if I’m due home late.) If you are too tired to cook sides then you can just serve it with crusty bread, but it’s healthier if you serve some greens on the side. There are lots of rich juices (it’s has the consistency of a thick stew) so all sorts of vegetables will work well alongside it – broccoli, cabbage and spinach all work well, or in the photo I served it with spring greens.
This recipe was inspired by one from The Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer. I have added paprika and ras al hanout to give it extra flavour, but did you know that adding spices to your food also brings health benefits? Spices are rich in phytochemicals, which are healthful plant chemicals. Paprika for example is an anti-inflammatory and can help with healing wounds. Ras al Hanout is a spice blend and as such contains an especially wide range of phytochemicals, albeit in small doses. Isn’t it nice to think that you can make your cooking healthier just by adding more flavour?
This tray bake is rich in fibre, full of taste and so easy to prepare. Serve it with greens for an extra health kick.
Roast salmon is always a treat, and this recipe throws everything together in one roasting pan for an easy, healthy supper which is full of flavour. Jamie Oliver invented this recipe, and a google search reveals that it’s wildly popular.