I love a simple recipe that’s quick to prepare and doesn’t take much effort. Well this is a no-brainer.
Everything in a baking dish and cooked for an hour. That’s it. Simple. And very tasty!
Writing this recipe has actually taken me longer than preparing it. Simple.
3 cloves garlic
4 new potatoes
4 chicken thigh fillets, on the bone
8 artichoke hearts in brine
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
1 generous tablespoon pomegranate molasses (you can substitute balsamic vinegar)
Rock salt and black pepper
1 teaspoon honey
1 lemon finely sliced
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C fan forced.
Peel the garlic and slice into chunky slivers. Peel the shallots and half the larger ones, leave smaller ones whole. Chop the new potatoes into quarters.
Place these ingredients into a large bowl. Add the chicken thigh fillets and the artichoke hearts. Pour over the olive oil, the lemon juice and the pomegranate molasses or balsamic vinegar. Grind rock salt and black pepper liberally over everything. Stir the whole lot to make sure everything is well coated with the oil, lemon juice and molasses.
Put everything into a large baking dish. Make sure the chicken pieces aren’t covered with the vegetables. Drizzle the honey over the chicken thighs. Scatter the lemon slices over the dish.
Bake for about an hour in the preheated oven, turning the temperature down to 180 degrees after 10 minutes, and at 30 minutes do a quick baste with the pan juices.
After an hour the chicken should be brown and sticky. Give it another 5 minutes if you think it needs it.
Take out of the oven and you’re ready to serve! Because you’ve got potatoes inside the tray bake you don’t need any rice or pasta! Just a lovely green salad. And maybe some crusty sourdough bread.