Thursday, 7 June 2012

Jamie Oliver's Cypriot Chicken from 30-Minute Meals

Jamie Oliver's Cypriot Chicken, cooked

I am often lured by Jamie's 30-Minute Meals book when trying to decide on what to cook. It's nothing to do with the apparent promise of it all being on the table in half an hour - in fact many of these recipes take me longer or sometimes take up less time. It just depends on the day.

Chicken breasts stuffed with feta cheese, parsley, basil, sundried tomatoes and lemon zest

But I'd had my eye on this one for a while. Chicken breast stuffed with feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, parsley, basil and lemon zest - pan fried and then served with vegetables and garlicky flatbread. OK, so I cheated with the flatbread and bought one ready-prepared, but it was the chicken I was most interested in and preparing the flatbread would be the work of seconds, it's so quick.

The stuffing being chopped up: unfortunately this image does not come with smell-o-vision.

When you're chopping up those herbs along with the feta, tomatoes and the lemon zest, the aroma that wafts up from your choppping board is gorgeous. I thought the chicken breast might open out in the pan and I'd lose the stuffing from it, but it didn't.

Jamie's Cypriot veggies: garlic, asparagus, black olves and tomatoes

You then leave the chicken cooking while you get on with the veg - asparagus, tomatoes, olives and garlic - perfect. It's all easy - there's nothing difficult about any of the preparation. And no, I didn't get it done in 30 minutes. From stepping into the kitchen to sitting everyone down to eat, it took around 45 minutes. But it's still good going. And we all loved it - even the girls. My husband had the leftover chicken in sandwiches to take to work the next day and I made a salad for my lunch with the leftover white cabbage salad, the rest of the feta and some of the black olives and tomatoes.

Garlic and herb flatbreads: these were ready prepared but would be easy to do yourself

 If you have the book, I'd urge you to try this one if you haven't so far. We'll be having it again for sure.

The white cabbage salad - grated and tossed with oil, lemon juice and herbs - I left out the red chilli for the girls

Have you tried this Jamie meal yourself? How did you get on with it?