One pan dinner

Forget Kyle’s favourite pasta, this is MY new favourite. I’ve mentioned my love of one pan dinners and this recipe ticks that box and does not disappoint. Would you believe it’s from the NYT Cooking site? Have you checked that out yet? Don’t make me shout at you! The recipe can be found HERE, but feel free to explore the whole site and read the comments for additional suggestions.

I started with about 10 chicken thighs and a couple cups of small fingerling potatoes. If the potatoes are big, cut them into more manageable bites. In a fairly big bowl, combine your chicken and potatoes. In a small bowl whisk together 3tbsp of olive oil with 2tbsp of harissa and 1/2tsp of ground cumin. Pour that all over your chicken and potatoes and toss to make sure everything is coated. I suggest letting this marinate (covered, in your fridge) for a few hours at least. I’ve made it twice and it was definitely more flavourful after marinating for 3 hours instead of half an hour.

When you’re getting ready to cook, preheat your oven to 425F. Take two leeks and, using only the white and light green parts, halve them and then thinly slice. Toss them in a medium sized bowl and add 1 1/2tbsp of olive oil, the zest of half a lemon and a pinch of salt. Toss it all around to coat.

When your oven is ready, lay your chicken and potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Cook them for 15 minutes. Take them out after that and add your sliced leeks to the pan. Put them all back in the oven for between 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and a little golden and crispy.

While they continue to cook, wash a few handfuls of arugula and set aside. Then, in a small bowl combine 3/4cup of plan yogurt (not Greek yogurt) with a couple grated cloves of garlic. I upped the amount of garlic because I love it. Season the yogurt with salt and pepper to taste.

When your chicken is done, plate it up and toss over some arugula and the garlic yogurt and you’re done.

It’s that easy. It’s amazing. It’s one of my favourites with a nice spicy flavour and very minimal effort. It’s the kind of meal you can serve for guests where it looks like you’ve put in a ton of effort, but really you’ve just been puttering around the kitchen making noises like you’re doing something. Try it! Forget the pasta, this one’s a winner!

Hassle level – THIS MEAL DOES NOT REGISTER ON THE HASSLE SCALE.

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