There are some evenings when you have less time and inclination to throw together a home-cooked meal, but when you still want something satisfying, filling and – most of all – tasty. This easy paprika chicken traybake is the perfect solution. A bit of chopping, a bit of grating, a bit of sprinkling, chuck it in a casserole dish and fire it in the oven for 40 minutes and you’re golden. Your chicken will be too. This is definitely going to become a staple on the Blunty’s supper table.
- 1 packet chicken thighs and drumsticks
- 1 large onion or 4-5 shallots
- 2 beetroot
- 1-2 sweet potatoes, depending on size
- 1 red pepper
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 knob ginger
- zest of half a lemon
- 2 tbsp smoked paprika (unsmoked paprika will do if it's all you have)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- salt and pepper
- drizzle olive oil
- a sprig each of fresh rosemary and thyme (optional but lovely)
- A few slices of cooked chorizo (also optional but delicious, or if you prefer cooking chorizo you use that instead, just cut it into chunks and add around 20 minutes into the cooking)
- Remove the chicken from the fridge and preheat the oven to 200c
- Chop the onion, beetroot, sweet potatoes and pepper into chunks or wedges.
- Set the peppers aside and add the other vegetables to the casserole dish along with 2 cloves garlic.
- Sprinkle on the cumin and fresh herbs, if you're using them, and mix everything around in the dish.
- Grate or microplane the remaining garlic and ginger, and rub into the chicken.
- Add the paprika, lemon zest, seasoning and olive oil and rub into the chicken.
- Set the chicken on top of the vegetables. Pop the whole dish in the oven and leave it alone for around 30 minutes.
- At the 30 minute point, remove from the oven, add the pepper chunks and chorizo and slide back into the oven for the remaining 10 minutes.
- When it's ready, the sweet potato will be cooked through, the onions will be caramelly and the chicken will have a beautifully crisp skin.
- Enjoy! Any leftover chicken will be delicious cold for lunch the next day.
If you love chicken, but you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, why not try our Coq au Vin recipe?