Saturday, 17 May 2008

Crispy sticky chicken with squashed potatoes and tomatoes

I've had this recipe bookmarked for a while now - we were given the Jamie Olivers - Jamie at Home for Christmas and I immediately fell in love with this dish, even more so after seeing it being made on Jamie's show. Then seeing Peter from Kalofagas make this dish back in March made me want to try it even more!!!!! So this is my entry to my Bookmarked Recipes event for this Monday.

This is a wonderful dish, it takes a little longer than most weeknight meals to prepare but it is totally worth it. I halved the recipe that Jamie gives but it was a really tasty dish that I should have made more of because we had no leftovers and wanted more when we were done.

Here's Jamie's recipe, but with some of the steps reordered to help save a little time in the preparation of this meal:

Crispy sticky chicken with squashed potatoes and tomatoes

Serves 4


800g new potatoes, scrubbed
See salt
Freshly ground black pepper
12 boned chicken thighs
Olive oil (I used my new bottle of Oleifera)
600g cherry tomatoes (I halved the number of tomatoes because I knew Rob wouldn't be having any)
Fresh oregano (I couldn't find any in the several supermarkets and green grocers I checked out so ended up using dried oregano)
Extra virgin olive oil (Again I used the Oleifera)
Red wine vinegar

1. Cut each chicken thigh into strips and place in a bowl. Add a little olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Toss the chicken to coat.
2. Put the potatoes into a large saucepan of salted boiling water, and leave to boil until cooked.
3. Prick the skins if the tomatoes with a sharp knife and place then into a bowl. Cover with boiling water and leave for a couple of minutes. Drain and leave to cool slightly, then peel off the skins and place them into an oven proof dish.
4. In a large frying pan/skillet, cook the chicken for about 10 minutes then remove to the oven proof dish.
5. Preheat oven to 200˚C.
6. By now the potatoes should be boiled. Drain off the water. Crush each potato slightly with a spoon and mix in gently with the potatoes and tomatoes.
7. Bash up a bunch of oregano with some salt, 4 tbsp EVOO, a good splash of red wine and a little pepper. Pour over everything in the oven dish.
8. Cook in the oven for 40 minutes until golden.


  1. Yummy! Cooked potatoes are the BEST!

  2. Ruth, isn't this dish so yummy and easy? Also, I too used dry oregano, it's the one herb exception where dry beats fresh.

    Thanks for the mention, happy cooking!

  3. They sure are Priscilla!

    Hi Peter, I always find the flavour in dried oregano is strong enough anyways, you're right. And you're very welcome for the mention!

  4. I have had my eye on this recipe for quite some time Ruth. It is 31C this weekend so unless I can make this on the BBQ this weekend it will wait for cooler weather:D

  5. This sounds lovely! I love anything with potatoes.

  6. Ah yes, thanks for reminding me of jamie's dish! I've been wanting to try this one for some time now. Sorry I haven't been around for a while Ruth; I shall hopefully be stopping by more often during the week.

  7. This sounds like a really tasty dish. I have to try it. I love one pot meals.

    Wow, can't get fresh oregano? It is everywhere here, even in the regular supermarkets. Now try and find chervil, that is a bear to find.

  8. Hey Val, it'd be cool to hear how you do on the BBQ!

    Hey Elle. They go so well with all sorts of things.

    Hi Pixie, hope you get to try this yourself sometime! It's fab. Don't worry about not being around, hope you're keeping well.

  9. Hey Mr Orph. I was quite surprised about the fresh oregano too - I can find most other herbs. I'll have a go at the chervil... but never heard of it before so I doubt I'd get it lol.

  10. Looks delicious Ruth, I have tried this and its very good :-)

  11. This really sounds and looks lovely Ruth, one I must try out :)

    Rosie x

  12. OOh, I've made this before, it's yum. I love chicken baked like this. I've now got my own pot of thyme in the garden too - maybe I should try some oregano for good measure??!

  13. Hi Dell, it really is fab right?

    Rosie, let me know how it turns out.

    EM - i'm tempted to try growing some oregano now myself.


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