Friday, 10 December 2010

Recipe: Lemon & Thyme Roast Chicken, Soya Beans and Cherry Tomato Stuffed Pittas

A sudden flash of inspiration lead me to this whilst I was cooking a completely different dish. I had a more chicken breasts than I needed and came up with this idea to make sure they didn't go to waste

3 Chicken Breasts (Or how ever many you want)
2 Slices of Lemon per Chicken Breast
1 Sprig of Thyme per breast
2 Spring Onions chopped
6 Cherry Tomatoes Sliced
Good Handfull of Frozen soya beans defrosted

Pre-Heat the oven to 180 degrees
Take Each breast and slice open with a sharp knife
Season the cavity with salt and pepper
Inside each breast put two lemon slices and a sprig of thyme
Close up the breast and put onto a piece of foil
Drizzle with olive oil and season a little more
Close the foil around the breast to make an air tight parcel, but with room inside, sort of like a Cornish pasty shape
Put the foil parcels on a baking tray and bake in the center of the oven for 30 mins

Eat Now ?
At this point you can serve them up with some lovely new potatoes or some salad

For the Pitta
Leave the parcels as they are, out of the oven, to cool inside their foil bags
Once cool remove each breast and put to one side careful not to spill the gorgeous juices
Tip all of the juices into a small jar (one with a lid you'll need it later)
Remove the lemon and thyme sprigs from your breast and then break up the meat into pieces.
Put the Chicken pieces, Tomatoes, Soya beans and spring onion in a bowl

Mix the juices with about 2 tablespoons of Rapeseed oil (Good olive oil will do ) add a little salt and pepper , put the lid on the jar and shake well. If you dont have a jar you can whisk up the juices and oil in bowl.
Taste your dressing now and add more oil and seasoning if you want to.

Pour the dressing over your chicken mix , get your hands in and mix everything up so that all the ingredients have a decent covering of the dressing

Open up your Pittas (Perhaps toast them lightly first) and cram full of the good stuff, then you're good to go.

This may work well with wraps instead of Pittas but not tried that, yet!

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