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All Hay-L Donna: Roasted Chicken and Chorizo – the dinner rescue recipe

12 Jul

It’s after 7pm. The kids are finally in bed. Phew. Time to flop on the couch and tune out with some TV. Right? Wrong. Time to start getting dinner ready. Bummer. Am already hungry and have not done a thing to get food on the table. Wait. What’s that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. It’s Donna Hay to the rescue. Seriously, the woman’s recipes consistently get me out of dinner difficulties. I think we’re culinary soul mates. She seems to love the same flavours that I do, and has a great approach to cooking; her recipes are fast but very tasty and they’re designed for serious washing-up avoiders (I think she must have shares in a baking paper company – she uses it a lot). The main ingredient in Donna’s recipes is simplicity, with a dash of sophistication thrown in for good measure. Simplicity is important but that little touch of sophistication is key. I just can’t get into those ‘4 Ingredients’ women. Salmon rissoles featuring crushed up jatz just don’t do it for me. It makes me think 1970s housewife. But the Donnay Hay recipe below is very ‘now’. It took 10 minutes to throw together (you can’t really call it cooking – it’s more assembling) and then I had half an hour to chill out before it was ready. Couple of tips – Donna uses a whole chicken but I just used chicken marylands – avoids having to dismember a bird. And – I didn’t bother with 12 cloves of garlic. I think I did about 6. Seemed more than enough. And – I cooked enough for us to have leftovers the following night. Yay!

Ingredients
1.6kg chicken, cut into pieces
2 chorizo, halved lengthways
¾ cup (90g) large green olives
250g truss cherry tomatoes
8 sprigs oregano,
halved 1 lemon, cut into wedges
12 cloves garlic, skin on
1 tablespoon olive oil
sea salt and cracked black pepper

Method
1.Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
2.Add the chicken, chorizo, olives, tomatoes, oregano, lemon, garlic, oil, salt and pepper and toss to combine.
3.Bake for 30–35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the chorizo  is crisp. Discard the lemon wedges before serving.

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Donna Hay’s Chicken with Haloumi and Honey

1 Apr

I love watching cooking shows but, I confess, I rarely make any of the recipes they show. Except for this one. I saw it on Donna Hay’s new series on the Lifestyle Channel, called Fast, Fresh, Simple – they should add the word ‘delicious’ because that’s what this dish is.

Serves 2
Ingredients
2 x 200g chicken breast fillets, trimmed
150g haloumi, cut into 4 slices
1 tablespoon shredded lemon zest
6 sprigs lemon thyme
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey 

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
Place the chicken, haloumi, zest and lemon thyme in a ceramic baking dish.
Combine the oil and honey and pour over.
Bake for 18–20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Serve with steamed greens and potatoes