Wednesday, September 14, 2016

sweet potato, chicken & broccolini BY JAMIE OLIVER

Ever since I moved out of the parents' house, my mom has a new man in her life: Jamie Oliver. Literally she is all crazy about him. With him, she discovered that herbs and sauces make the meal, something she apparently did not know before. She used to dislike cooking for the whole 18 years that I lived with her, then started to enjoy it the moment I left home. My dad and sister get to enjoy one delicious meal after the other, and I'm stuck here with my low budget meals like all other true students. One day that I was visiting my parents, my mom prepared this Jamie Oliver dish and I liked it so much that I begged her to come and teach me how to do it, so I could make this at home myself. Now I did learn how to prepare this meal, I'm not quite sure if I'd ever again, as I probably don't own the patience nor the money, so I will probably just have to visit my parents more often. 

Last night my mom visited us at our place and together we prepared Jamie Oliver's de-liccccc-ious sweet potato, chicken & broccolini dish that my mom found here on his website. In this blog article I will describe how we prepared the dish.

What you need (4 pers.)

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 lemon
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • olive oil
  • 2-3 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • crushed dried red chillies
  • 200 g broccolini
  • 100 g sour cream (or creme fraîche)
  • 2 red chili peppers

How to
  1. Pre-heat the oven (200 °C). We peeled and sliced the potatoes broadwise, although Jamie does it in the length. Put the potato slices in an oven dish and cover with garlic (cut in pieces), thyme (get the leafs off and cut in pieces), dried chillies, oil, pepper and salt, then stir it.
  2. Put the oven dish in the oven and bake for 30 min.
  3. Get the chicken breasts out, put them between two pieces of baking paper and beat it. With your fist. Jamie says "hit it carefully", but you can beat the heck out of it if you want - it's dead already. Put the flat pieces of chicken breast on a plate and soak it in the juice of half a lemon. Then cover both sides with rosemary (cut in pieces) and add some pepper and oil. According to Jamie you should let it rest for at least an hour, but it tastes perfectly fine when you fry it righ away, as we did. 
  4. While you fry the chicken in a frying pan (flip it when one side looks ready), boil the broccolini in 2-3 min. When done, add some oil. 
  5. Put the broccolini in the oven dish on top of the potatoes. Cut the chicken in slices and put it in the oven dish as well. You can top it off with chili pepper (cut in small pieces), but if you don't like the spicy you may want to leave this out. Serve with sour cream. Tell people to have a lot of sour cream with the food.

Sooo, when it's done it should look something like the picture beneath. Easy-peasy, or as my mom puts it, "it's pretty much a lot of cutting". Although I thought preparations took too long for my patience to deal with, the result is absolutely worth it! It's crazy how much tastier sweet potatoes are compared to regular potatoes, or broccolini to broccoli, or sour cream to no sour cream. This dish is perfect for these late summer nights, and also when guests come over for dinner - it's always a great success. We are fans for sure!

Thanks to Jamie Oliver for the recipe & to my mom for cooking together with me! :-) 

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  1. Lekkere combinatie van ingrediënten! En ideaal, alles in één ovenschaal.

  2. Wat een prachtige foto's! Krijg meteen trek!

  3. Ahh lekker! Ik ga dit ook even aan m'n moeder laten zien, haha.


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