You may have noticed that each post on here has tags assigned to it. You can find the tags in italics, just under the heading of the post, next to the date. The tags are links to other similar recipes or posts on this blog. For example if you click on the chicken tag, this will take you to a page with all of the other chicken dishes or posts mentioning chicken.
Why am I mentioning this? Well I don’t use the ‘easy’ tag very often. There aren’t many recipes on this blog that I consider hard, but I only assign the easy tag to recipes that don’t require any fancy equipment or tricky skills and are overall very easy and quick to make. To be honest, I think of my sister when determining if a recipe should have the easy tag. Now don’t take that the wrong way. I think she is a really good cook and I think she could cook anything on here, but she is very unconfident of her skills in the kitchen and doesn’t enjoy cooking very much. So I always think to myself, could / would sissa be comfortable making this?
Well…sissa could definitely make this and I think all of us can do with some easy and quick recipes to make during this busy time of the year. I have made variations of this easy chicken tray bake for a few years now. It’s the dish that I make if I feel like something light and easy for dinner. Sometimes it’s sweet potato instead of the pumpkin, sometimes it’s cumin instead of paprika and sometimes I leave out the chorizo if I want it to be really healthy, but it always has to have the rocket salad.
This is so easy and quick to put together. It will serve 2 really big eaters or 2 hungry people with enough for a third serve for lunch the next day.
The sweet paprika gives the chicken a great colour and a nice depth of flavour without being too spicy at all.
The pumpkin starts roasting first as it will take the longest. As it’s cooking though, you can get started on your prep for the other elements.
You want big Portobello mushrooms for this. Cut them into thick slices so that they will take around the same time to cook as the other ingredients. You could use smaller button mushrooms, but I would leave them whole in that case.
I had a mix of yellow and red cherry tomatoes but normal red ones are fine.
The chorizo just needs enough time in the frying pan to help it start to colour up.
Same with the chicken…just long enough to brown both sides.
A filling meal in one. Chicken, vegetables and salad. Nothing else required.
Easy Chicken, Chorizo and Pumpkin Tray Bake with Simple Rocket Salad
Ingredients – Serves 2-3
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs about 350g worth
- 1½ tbs of sweet paprika
- 120g of pumpkin, peeled and cut into large chunks
- ½ tsp of olive oil plus extra for frying.
- 2 chorizo sausages cut into large chunks
- 2 Portobello mushrooms cut into thick slices
- ½ cup of whole cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbs of lemon juice split into 2 x ½ tbs portions
- 2 handfuls of rocket
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Season both sides of the chicken with the paprika and some salt and pepper. Set aside, out of the fridge while you prepare the rest of the components.
- Place the pumpkin chunks into a large, ovenproof dish and toss in the olive oil and some salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes.
- While the pumpkin is roasting, heat a small splash of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook the chorizo pieces briefly on both sides until it starts to turn golden. Each side should take about 1 minute. Set aside once done.
- Add a little more olive oil to the pan if needed and then add the chicken. Brown on both sides until just starting to turn golden. Set aside once done.
- Once the pumpkin has been roasting for 15 minutes, remove the dish from the oven and add the mushrooms, tomatoes and the browned chorizo with ½ tbs of lemon juice and toss around with any remaining olive oil in the dish. Finally add the chicken thighs and push them in amongst the vegetables.
- Return the dish to the oven and roast for a further 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the pumpkin is soft.
- To serve, toss the other ½ tbs of lemon juice with the rocket, season with salt and pepper and then serve alongside the vegetable and chicken tray bake. Make sure every portion served up gets a little bit of everything in the tray.