Whilst in store we picked up ingredients to make a special bank holiday meal Deliciously Easy Mediterranean Chicken
We must admit we are a bit of the bung it in and make it up as we go brigade but it was so super tasty and suprisingly economical that we will try and share how we made it.
Deliciously Easy Mediterranean Chicken
Serves 4 (or 3 greedy people)
The ingredients we used:
1 chicken - £3.33 (bought as part of 3 meats for £10 deal)
1 lemon - 25p
1 Smoked bulb of garlic - 59p
Bunch of mixed garden herbs - 79p
Packet of cherry tomatoes - 50p (bought as part of 3 of £1.50 deal)
1/3 Bag of Desiree potatoes - 30p
1 Bulb of garlic - 30p
3 Tbsp Olive Oil - 8p
1/2 Yellow pepper 17p (3 pack for 99p)
1/2 Red pepper 17p ( " " )
Tablespoon red wine vinegar
Plain flour for thickening
Bunch of asparagus (this was from our own garden but they do sell it in store)
Glass of wine for gravy
Total cost £6.47 - £1.62 per person*
How we made it:
1. Chop lemons into four
3. Place lemons and garlic with mixed herbs in a roasting tin, reserving a third of the herbs for the roasted vegetables. We use a metal chicken brick with a rack.
4. Pop your chicken on top and season with ground black pepper and salt we use Maldon salt for roasting but whatever you have to hand. Add two or three wine glasses of water to the pan. Cover with lid or tin foil. Cook according to roasting instructions on the chicken packet.
5. Meanwhile gather together your vegetables (we didn't use the onions pictured in the end)
6. Put your herbs in a blender or processor.
8. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and a clove of garlic, blend to create a pesto style dressing. Stir in the tablespoon of red vinegar.
9. Cut up potatoes and peppers and pop all your vegetables (apart from asparagus if using) in your baking tin.
10. Dress with the herb 'pesto' and season with salt and ground black pepper.
11. Pop in the oven one hour before you want to serve. Ten minutes before you take out of the oven add the asparagus spears drizzle with some more oil and season.
12. Twenty minutes before the end of cooking uncover your chicken and either place chicken on lid and pop back in to brown remove herbs etc and cooking juices from pan.
13. Strain juices through a sieve and return to the pan.
14. Add a glass of white wine or water and allow juices to bubble away. Thicken with a roux made from 2 tablespoons of flour and four of cold water. Add two tablespoons of chicken gravy granules.
15. Remove chicken from oven and allow to rest in a warm place for about 20 - 30 minutes before serving.
16. Remove veg from the oven and serve.
17. Carve the chicken and serve, place the vegetables on the plate and that's it - simple. Ta da! Bon Appetit
We were pleasantly surprised with the quality and taste of the produce we used from Morrison's it was excellent, very fresh and made for a lovely dinner.
*We had half a chicken left over which we used the following day to make sandwiches for lunch then for our evening meal we had chicken salad fajitas. The bones we boiled down for stock and made a delicious chicken soup on the third day. This meant a chicken that cost just £3.33 or thereabouts created four meals for three greedy people and if we had chosen we could have stretched it to more portions.
We were given £80 worth of Morrison's vouchers to spend in store. All opinions are our own.