Pan-Roasted Paprika Chicken

I found this recipe via Pinterest a while back, and it looked simple and tasty, so I gave it a go today. We were super pleased with the results! I adapted it slightly from the original recipe which can be found here.

Pan-Roasted Paprika Chicken
Serves: 4

You will need:
  • 2 chicken breasts, halved
  • 500g potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 6 carrots, peeled and halved lengthways
  • 4 slices of lemon, pips removed
  • 1½ tablespoons of paprika
  • 2 teaspoons of dried thyme / 4 sprigs & a large pinch of chopped leave of fresh thyme
  • 400ml chicken stock (2 chicken OXO cubes dissolved in 400ml boiling water)
  • 1 tablespoon of chicken gravy granules
  • 1 teaspoon of ready chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil

How to make:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C / gas mark 6 / 400°F.
  2. Prep the veg - wash/peel/chop as per ingredients list.
  3. In a large roasting pan, toss the potatoes, carrots, onions and lemon slices in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  4. Season with salt & pepper. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of dried thyme over the veg, or if using fresh place the sprigs on top of veg.
  5. Put pan on the middle shelf of the oven for 45 minutes.
  6. After 45 minutes, slice the chicken breasts in half lengthways to create 4 thinner fillets.
  7. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the chicken, and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of paprika over the breasts, covering both sides evenly. Add salt & pepper to season.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and place the chicken breasts on top of the veg. Return the pan to the over until the chicken is cooked through - around 15-20 minutes.
  9. Once the chicken is cooked, make up your chicken stock.
  10. Remove the pan from the oven and pop the chicken and veg on a plate and cover to keep warm. Throw out the lemon pieces.
  11. Put the roasting pan on the hob and add the chicken stock, 1 teaspoon of dried thyme or the chopped leaves, 1 teaspoon of paprika, chopped garlic, chicken gravy granules and lemon juice.
  12. Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring until all ingredients are combined and the sauce thickens a little. Season lightly with salt & pepper.
  13. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken and veg. Serve with garlic bread or green vegetables.

What I liked about this recipe is how easy it was and yet so tasty! Let me know if you give this a go, or if you have any lovely recipes you can recommend...