One Pan Chicken with Pumpkin and Walnuts

The beauty about one pan dishes is that there's very little washing up to do. You spend a little time preparing the ingredients, place it in a roasting pan and let the oven do the work. These are the flavours of autumn in one dish.

Serves 4

4 chicken thighs and 4 drumsticks
3 red onions
1kg butternut squash
1 small bunch of sage
100g walnuts
750g floury potatoes
sprinkle of nutmeg
4 tablespoons olive oil
splash of milk
50g butter
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
salt and pepper

Preheat an oven to 200˚C. Peel the red onions and butternut. Cut the onions into wedges and the pumpkin into chunks.

Place the chicken, pumpkin and onions in a roasting dish with 3 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients together and place in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Peel the potatoes and cut into pieces. Place them in a pan with cold water and salt. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are cooked. Drain off the water and mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add 50 g butter and a splash of milk, stirring until smooth and creamy. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Set aside.

Add the sage leaves, walnuts and 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar to the chicken and mix the ingredients together. Return to the oven for a further 25 minutes.

Reheat the mashed potato and divide between 4 plates. Lay a chicken thigh and drumstick on each plate. Spoon the onion, pumpkin and pan juices of the chicken and serve.



voor 4 personen  

4 kippendijen en 4 kipdrumsticks
3 rode uien
1kg flespompoen
1 klein bosje salie
100gr walnoten
750gr kruimige aardappelen
snufje nootmuskaat
4 eetlepels olijfolie
scheutje melk
50gr boter
2 eetlepels sherry azijn
zout en peper

Verwarm een oven voor op 200˚C. Schil de rode ui en flespompoen. Snijd de uien in partjes en de pompoen in grove stukken.

Doe de kip, uien en pompoen in een ovenschaal met 3 eetlepels olijfolie, zout en peper. Meng alles goed door elkaar en zet ongeveer 20 minuten in de oven.

Schil de aardappelen en snijd in stukjes. Doe ze in een pan met koud water en zout. Breng aan de kook en kook zachtjes voor ongeveer 15 minuten. Giet het water van de aardappelen af en stamp ze fijn met een aardappelstamper. Voeg 50 gr boter en een scheutje melk toe en maak er een smeuïge puree van. Breng op smaak met nootmuskaat, zout en peper en zet opzij.

Voeg de salieblaadjes, walnoten en 2 eetlepels sherryazijn toe aan de kip en meng nog eens door elkaar. Zet terug in de oven voor nog eens 20  minuten.

Verwarm de aardappelpuree. Verdeel de puree over 4 borden. Leg een kippendij en pootje op elk bord. Lepel de uien, pompoen en sappen over de kip en serveer.

Vegalicious (Vegetarian)

We are all guilty of going to the supermarket or market, seeing an array of vegetables and never quite knowing what we should do with all the produce on offer. This vegetarian cookbook is just the answer.

The recipes are straight forward with easily obtainable ingredients. The photos are enticing, urging you to have a go and cook the recipes for yourself.

We decided to have a go at one of the recipes and chose the Rigatoni with Chilli and Walnuts. Quick and easy to make, it was on the table in 15 minutes. It was delicious and surprising how much flavour can come from such simple ingredients. A few points from our side about the recipe - we halved the number of walnuts, increased the garlic and served it with a green salad, which we felt was a much needed addition. Our changes are reflected in the recipe below.

Rigatoni with Chilli and Walnuts

Serves 4

150 g walnuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
2 generous tablespoons mascarpone
2 generous tablespoons finely grated Parmesan
350 g rigatoni (or any other short, tube-shaped pasta)
salt and pepper

Roast the walnuts in a dry frying pan until golden brown and smelling nice and toasty. Place them on a chopping board once they've cooled down, roughly chop (so that there are large and small pieces).

Place the olive oil in a cold pan with the garlic and chilli and heat for 1-2 minutes over a low heat (the garlic shouldn't colour). Add the thyme leaves. Remove from the heat and stir through the mascarpone, Parmesan, salt, pepper and all but 2 tablespoons of the walnuts.

Cook the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water according to the package instructions. Drain off, reserving a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Return the pasta to the pan with the reserved cooking liquid and the walnut sauce and mix together well. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped walnuts and serve with a green salad.

Publisher: Terra

Author: Alice Hart

Price: 15,00 euro