Tuesday, 20 July 2010

One pot meal: Chicken with courgettes and green olives

This is one of those handy little recipes which kills a few birds with one stone. It's all done in one pot, which I'm a big fan of (less washing up) and it's a good use for courgettes of which there is already a glut (and they've only just got started.) It's also fairly low fat and children like it.

I bought a wide cast iron pan with a lid from Aldi and it is such a lovely thing to cook meals in. (The posh, the rich and those with generous friends who bought them one for a wedding present will have similar pans made by Le Creuset.)


1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
glug of olive oil
Four or five courgettes
1 pack of chicken thighs (or chicken breasts) - about 250g to 300g cubed chicken
1 cup (about 200g) rice
Pinch of saffron
1/3 cup sherry
1 and 2/3 cup water or chicken stock
handful of pitted green olives
fresh thyme


  1. Chop the onion and garlic and soften in the olive oil.
  2. Chop the courgettes and add to the pan.
  3. Use scissors to snip the chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces straight into the pan.
  4. Add the rice, saffron and sherry and bubble until the liquid is reduced.
  5. Pour in the water or stock (I use half a Knorr chicken stockpot) and add the chopped thyme and the green olives.
  6. Put the lid on and leave over a low heat for 15 to 20 minutes until the chicken and the rice are cooked through.
  7. When it's cooked leave to rest for about 10 minutes. Then check the seasoning and grind over some black pepper before serving.
This makes a nice big pan full and serves four to six people.

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