There are evenings when I just don’t really want to cook, I’m busy with work or the kids or I’m just plain tired, but I still want to eat well. This Mediterranean Chicken Traybake is just the thing for those busy evenings.
It’s so easy to make: Simply place new potatoes and Mediterranean veg in a roasting tray and top with chicken thighs or legs. Drizzle over some olive oil and add a sprinkling of herbs. Mix everything together and roast in the oven for 50 minutes. That’s dinner ready in under an hour with barely any effort involved.
In order to make this even more simple and easy to do, I have use ready prepared Mediterranean veg from the supermarket. I think most supermarkets stock this. The one I bought was Tesco Mediterranean Roasting Vegetables, which contains courgettes, peppers, red onion and cherry tomatoes. If you are feeling up to it, you could always chop your own: go for 1 large courgette, 2 peppers (different colours if you can), 1 red onion and a handful of cherry tomatoes. But for busy days the pre-prepared stuff makes life really easy. I can get this dish into the oven in under 10 minutes and have very little washing up to do. In fact if you can get hold of those tiny baby new potatoes, you could make this whole meal without even getting a chopping board out.
There’s no need to add any liquid, apart from a small amount of olive oil. The chicken juices leech out to produce just a tiny bit of liquid which makes a nice sauce and stops everything sticking on the bottom. It also makes the veg taste amazing!
I’ve served this easy traybake with a simple bagged salad – I used Tesco Peppery Babyleaf Rocket Salad, my favourite one. I simply tipped the salad into a bowl and stuck olive oil and salt and pepper on the table for people to dress their own salad.
This is quite a generous size traybake for 4 people, so you may well find there is some left over which could be taken to work and eaten cold or heated in the microwave (until the chicken is piping hot all the way through). If you are at home, this can be reheated in the oven for 20 minutes at 200C.
After a long, hard day you may well be in need of a glass of wine. Chicken cooked like this is so versatile it would probably go with most white wines, but I would choose a lightly oaked chardonnay from France or Chile.
Very Easy Mediterranean Chicken Traybake
- 400 g new potatoes I like charlotte, halved (or whole if very small)
- 2 x 475g Mediterranean Roasting Vegetables onions, peppers, courgettes, baby tomatoes or similar
- 8 chicken thighs/legs
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- A few sprigs fresh thyme optional
- Green salad to serve optional
Preheat your oven to 200C.
Place all the traybake ingredients in a large roasting dish and mix together well. (I find it easiest to do this with my hands.)
Arrange the vegetables and potatoes in one layer and place the chicken, skin-side up, on top of the vegetables.
Roast in your preheated oven for 50 minutes.
Serve just as it is or with a green salad and a glass of white wine.