If you’re looking for the perfect weeknight dinner, it doesn’t get much better than this Mediterranean chicken bake.
This meal is really easy to make and it tastes fantastic. It is a one pan meal with chicken, vegetables and potatoes.
It has everything you need, but you could choose to serve it with some warm ciabatta bread.
Best of all, it is a meal that the whole family will enjoy and once you try it, it will soon become one of your favourites.
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What Do You Need?
This is a really easy tray bake recipe that can be made in one roasting tin. Make sure that your roasting tin is large enough to hold all of your ingredients.
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You will also need a knife and a chopping board to prepare the vegetables.
Overall, the clean up after this meal is really quick and easy and requires very little effort. This makes it ideal for a weeknight dinner.
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Tips And Tricks
If you want to make sure that your Mediterranean chicken bake comes out perfectly every time, follow these tips and tricks.
- Chicken – Try to use free range chicken that is good quality. If you use poor quality chicken then it will shrink in size as you cook it and it will release lots of water into the roasting tin.
- Vegetables – Cut the vegetables according to the sizes we suggest so that they all cook in the same amount of time. The potatoes take the longest to cook so they need to be chopped up the smallest. The zucchini, peppers and onions take around the same time to cook so try to make those chunks equal in size.
- Garlic – Using a garlic mincer will make it much easier for you to crush the garlic. Then you can distribute it evenly across the vegetables. It also helps to release the juices from the garlic.
- Foil – Foil is used to cover the dish for most of the cooking. This keeps the moisture in, ensuring that the chicken stays juicy and the vegetables don’t dry out. Remember to remove the foil for the last 10 minutes to allow the vegetables to begin to brown and the chicken go a little bit crispy on the edge. This will help to bring out all of the flavours in the dish.
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How Can You Customise This Recipe?
There are lots of ways that you can adjust this Mediterranean chicken bake recipe to make it your own.
- Chicken – This recipe uses chicken breasts. You could swap this for thighs or drumsticks if you prefer. Keep in mind that you will need to cook them for longer, as they have bones which slows down the cooking process. You may also want to lift the foil off sooner to allow the skin to go nice and crispy. One of the benefits of using thighs or drumsticks instead of breast is that more chicken juices are released, flavouring the vegetables as they cook.
- Vegetarian – If you want to make this a vegetarian recipe, you can add some extra vegetables instead of the chicken. This would make it a vegan friendly recipe, as it contains no animal products (check that you buy a vegan friendly pesto). You could also use tofu or Quorn instead of meat.
- Seafood – If you love seafood then you can easily turn this into a seafood bake instead of a chicken one! Add some shrimp, some squid, or use fish fillets instead of chicken breast.
- Vegetables – You can use any Mediterranean style vegetables you fancy in this tray bake. Eggplant would work really well.
- Tomatoes – Fresh plum tomatoes are a great addition to this meal, but you could also try using sun-dried tomatoes for a different flavour.
- Pesto – The green pesto is packed with flavours of basil, but you could try making this dish with red pesto to see which one you prefer. Both kinds of pesto will complement the Mediterranean style of this meal.
- Garlic – Mincing the garlic ensure the it’s flavour permeates the whole dish. However, if you love garlic then you could chuck in some whole cloves too. Roasted garlic is delicious.
- Cheese – There are so many tasty Mediterranean cheeses that you can choose from to add another layer of flavour to this dish. Goats cheese would make an excellent choice – simply dot it around the vegetables when you remove the foil so it can cook in the last 10 minutes.
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