Deliciously Easy Mediterranean Chicken - Morrisons Challenge

In our previous post we talked about how we were invited by Morrison's to pop down to our local store on bank holiday weekend, to do some shopping and check out their new cheaper prices.

Dinner is served

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)

ingredients from Morrisons for our chicken dinner

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
Gravy granules

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

Cut up your lemons into four

 2. Cut Smoked garlic into half width ways

Cut Smoked garlic into half width ways

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.

Place lemons, garlic and herbs in roasting tin

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.

Season to taste before popping in the oven

5. Meanwhile gather together your vegetables (we didn't use the onions pictured in the end)

Gather your ingredients for roast veg

 6. Put your herbs in a blender or processor.

Put herbs in blender
 7. Chop.
chop herbs in blender

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.

Blend with oil, vinegar and garlic to make a herb pesto
 9. Cut up potatoes and peppers and pop all your vegetables (apart from asparagus if using) in your baking tin. 
Pop your veg into the baking tin

 10. Dress with the herb 'pesto' and season with salt and ground black pepper.

Dress your veg with herb pesto

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.

Add asparagus to par roasted veg

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. 

Uncover chicken drain off stock and allow to brown

13. Strain juices through a sieve and return to the pan. 

Straining stock

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.

Add a glass of white wine or water to stock

15. Remove chicken from oven and allow to rest in a warm place for about 20 - 30 minutes before serving.
Allow chicken to rest in a warm place

16. Remove veg from the oven and serve.

Roasted veg ready to serve

17. Carve the chicken and serve, place the vegetables on the plate and that's it - simple.  Ta da!  Bon Appetit
Andrew tucks in to dinner

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.