Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hit 'N' Run Traybaked Chicken

It's our monthly featured chef week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), and the featured chef is Jamie Oliver. I have six of his books and out of the hundreds of recipes, there's one chicken dish that I've been wanting to make for a long time. Hit 'N' Run Traybaked Chicken. Such a funny and interesting name for a dish. I like its name and the dish even better!

According to Jamie "Everyone needs a hit 'n' run  recipe like this - it's the kind of fallback meal you can enjoy when prep time isn't on your side. It's simply a case of putting together a combination of ingredients that really love each other, then just tearing, mixing, marinating and baking. It's super quick to prepare, and you're letting the oven do all the work". 

Yup, this is a super easy meal to prepare.  

The chicken thighs are very moist and tender, baked to a lovely golden brown. I've used cherry tomatoes instead of large tomatoes, and have used an additional tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, adding it in when I was basting the chicken during cooking . I tasted the lovely juices during basting, and felt that it needed a little more balsamic vinegar, adjust to taste. This delicious chicken meal is served with some green salad on the side. 

Hit N Run Traybaked Chicken
(adapted from "Save With Jamie", by Jamie Oliver)
serves 4
4 large ripe tomatoes
2 red onions
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 bunch of fresh thyme (15gm)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. Quarter the tomatoes and place them in a large baking dish or roasting tray (roughly 25cm x 30cm). Peel the onions and cut into large wedges, then deseed and roughly chop the peppers. Add all these to the tray along with the chicken thighs.

Squash the unpeeled garlic cloves with the back of your knife and add to the tray, then pick over the thyme leaves and sprinkle over the paprika. Add the oil, balsamic and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Toss everything together really well to coat, then spread across the tray, making sure the chicken isn't covered by the vegetables. Roast for around 1 hour, or until the chicken is golden and cooked through, turning and basting it a couple of times during cooking with the juices from the tray. Serve the traybake with a lovely green salad on the side. You could also buddy it up with a little rice, polenta or a loaf of crusty bread to mop up the juices.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), theme for this week
Monthly Featured Chef : Jamie Oliver


  1. This looks great Joyce, especially after a long day at work. Thank you.

  2. Joyce, what a killer name this dish has hah...hah... It looks really good, something that I would enjoy. It's easy but tasty dishes like this that I love :)

  3. That sounds super easy and looks super delicious!

  4. Joyce, I think I've tried this better and it is really very flavourful. Yummy!!

  5. Love the idea of serving this with polenta. Roasted chicken and veggies are such a simple, delicious meal. I wish I would think of it more often :)

  6. Great looking dish with a killer sounding name! There is a JO thing going on in all the blogs I visit!

  7. Joyce, yum yum so delish !
    At times I really love this kinda "hit & run" ... quick toss & putting everything together and just dump the tray into the oven.

  8. This looks really delicious and would be a great dinner for a busy weeknight. It includes many of my favorite foods and is similar to the roast vegetable salad I made this week...except that you add chicken and have a full meal.

  9. It is a fun name for what looks like a fabulous recipe. The chicken looks so moist and juicy and the veggies are so colorful and tempting on the plate! ;-)

  10. No fuss meal is such a delight to do when time is not on your side. The chicken looks moist and delicious too.

  11. LOL... what a name ! Really love J.O recipe & this is another great dish for busy week day. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe ;)

  12. LOL! I love the name Hit and Run Chicken! That is a recipe I need for those very busy week nights. This looks like another hit! Thanks for pointing it out. Would love to try it!