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homemade "kfc" chicken


we don’t eat fast food other than a very occasional ordered-in pizza. this means that david’s cravings for fried chicken are very rarely indulged (or at least i think they are!), which is why he was delighted when i found a recipe which, apparently, tastes very similar to “the real stuff.”


i like this recipe as it doesn’t require any deep-frying, making it a healthy treat which still manages to satisfy those cravings we all get for something naughty. i can’t comment on how authentic the flavour is but in david’s view it is pretty good.

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chicken and broccoli rice salad


i’ve been loving the “best broccoli” recipe that i discovered a couple of weeks ago and, having made a huge tray of it to go with roast chicken, i used the leftovers to make this simple rice salad.


it was very easy – basmati rice mixed with leftover broccoli, small pieces of leftover roasted chicken, lemon zest and juice, a handful of toasted pine nuts and some shredded basil. very simple, a great way to turn one meal (roasted chicken with roasted broccoli) into two meals, and very delicious.


roast chicken in milk

i love roast chicken but am always interested to find different ways to cook it. some regularly made favourites include roast chicken that has been lightly smeared with harissa paste, a mix of spices or sundried tomato pesto. i’ve also made version where thai curry paste is used and the meat basted with coconut milk during the cooking process.


a particular favourite of mine is to cut very thin slices of lemon and slide these between the skin and meat of the chicken so that a lemony flavour imbues the meat – this is particularly good if you want to serve the chicken with some sort of greek pilaf or bean side dish. the roast chicken with preserved lemon that i made last month had similar flavours.


i tend to resist the more outlandish recipes which often appear online in a flurry of blog posts –chicken cooked on a can being one such example. however, a slightly odd-sounding dish did catch my eye – jamie oliver’s roast chicken in milk. this is not a beautiful dish – the milk curdles as it cooks – but it is a delicious one that results in very tender meat. it’s also a very easy way to try something a bit different without pushing too hard at the boundaries of tradition.

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chicken, mushroom and leek spaghetti bake 

i used the leftover chicken from our roast to make a version of nigel slater’s chicken and pasta pie. it’s not really a pie though, it’s more like a pasta bake. it is exciting though, as it uses spaghetti rather than pasta shapes or lasagne sheets.


and, because it is exciting as well as delicious, i am sharing this recipe with the lovely ruth from once upon a feast who founded presto pasta nights (which is now two years old!) and is this week’s host. happy birthday ruth and ppn!

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moro’s roast chicken with preserved lemon 

i decided to use my chicken to make the moro roast chicken with preserved lemon, as suggested by lillyanne. i also made a preserved lemon and broad bean pilaf to go with it.


the chicken itself was fabulous – i’ve been put off buying chicken recently as no matter how careful i am about sourcing them the birds often look like they have bruises or freezer burn which makes me worried about the way they were kept and killed (i’m sure there is a proper way of describing this but my mind has gone blank!).


anyway, the able & cole chicken was a nice colour, non-bruised and tasted delicious. i also loved the fact that it came complete with giblets which meant we had great gravy and i treated myself to devilled chicken liver on toast for brunch the following day.


the moro marinade – garlic, lemon, cumin and sweet paprika – gave the chicken a fabulous flavour and really lifted the meal out of a gloomy chilly london and towards somewhere more mediterranean and springlike. i liked it a lot – thanks for the suggestion lillyanne!

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