One Dish Chicken

Finally a non-pasta dish! Phew, I actually managed!

I love one-dish dishes. And chicken gets kinda boring after a while, so it’s nice to be able to serve it in different ways.

Here what I did was a layered ratatouille that then finished cooking with a lovely whole chicken breast on top. Oh, and there was bacon involved.


You’re not going to need much:

  • sliced tomatoes, leek, baby potatoes
  • a whole chicken breast
  • fresh thyme and rosemary
  • olive oil, salt, pepper, white wine. Maybe some butter
  • bacon strips

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Marinate your chicken with salt, pepper, olive oil, rosemary and thyme. Leave it as long as 4 hours (in the fridge).

Get an over-safe plate, and start with a layer of sliced potatoes that you have tossed with rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes in the oven at 180C or until medium-soft – the fork goes in but with difficulty.

Now add a layer of leek and then of tomatoes. Don’t salt the leek but add a bit of salt and pepper to the tomatoes. No need to add olive oil (the water from the tomatoes will help with the cooking). Sprinkle the tomatoes with thyme. Cook for another 10-15mins.

chicken ratatouille

in this photo, the potatoes have been in the oven for a while and I am layering the leek and tomatoes.

In the meanwhile, sear your chicken in a non-stick pan. Remember that the chicken already ahs some olive oil from the marinade, so don’t put any more unless really necessary.

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When they start to brown, I add some white wine and when it has evaporated, some butter. Butter helps everything.

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Place your seared chicken breasts on top of the tomato layer and then cover it with…

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…bacon strips. Yep. To seal in the moisture, Gordon would say.

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20 to 30 mins later, it’s done. And delicious.

Serve it with flourish.

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.


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