Amazing Chicken Maryland with tomato, thyme, garlic, and eschallots

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chicken marylands with tomato, thyme, garlic, eschallots and chilli ready for oven

The combination of these classic ingredients cooked slowly in the oven creates a succulent chicken dish that is healthy and full of flavour. Of course, I can’t resist adding some chilli for a bit of a kick but it is just as lovely without. You can also add large cubes of potato which absorb the juices as they cook. (You might need to add a bit more stock during the cooking if you use potatoes.)

Served with a simple green salad and some crunchy bread to mop up the juices, “amazing chicken”, as our family calls it, is a great staple for weeknight dinners or as a main dish for casual lunches.

Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 1hr-1.5hrs
Ingredients:
4 chicken marylands or 6 chicken thigh fillets
6 cloves of garlic
1 large tomato cut in large chunks
2 red chillies sliced in half(optional)
8 eschallots
Half a bunch of thyme, leaves stripped off stalks
Salt and crushed black pepper
1/2 cup chicken stock or water
1/2 cup dry white wine
3-4 tablespoons Olive oil
Parsley to garnish

Method:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius
Heat oil in large frying pan and brown chicken marylands on both sides to a golden brown colour

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fry chicken marylands until golden brown

Remove chicken and place in a flat,deep casserole dish in one layer
Add eschallots and cloves of garlic to frying pan and fry to create a caramelised finish to eschallots and garlic cloves
Remove from oil and spread over chicken in casserole dish
Add tomato, chilli, if using, and thyme leaves to chicken
Sprinkle liberally with salt and black pepper
Pour over stock and white wine
Place dish in oven uncovered to cook until chicken is tender, onions and garlic cloves are cooked and liquid is well reduced.(at least 1 hour)
Turn up oven to max or to top grill for about 5-10 minutes, to further brown and crisp up the top of the chicken
Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes or so before serving with salad and crunchy bread to mop up juices

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Make sure you have crunchy bread to mop up the amazing chicken juices

Serves 4

Pulled pork with garlic, thyme and chilli

This is a delicious, healthy meal that is easy to prepare but needs slow cooking over 4.5-5 hours. Once it’s done it is great with salad and flatbreads with some tsatziki (yoghurt and cucumber) or Indian style roasted eggplant with yoghurt. Fresh mint is also good friends with this pork dish. Great for lunch leftovers.

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 4.5-5 hours

Ingredients
750g-1kg piece pork neck
5 cloves garlic
Handful thyme leaves
2 sprigs rosemary
2 red chillies
1 lemon
4 bay leaves

Slow cooked pork for pulled pork
Slow cooked pork for pulled pork

Method
Heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
Smash together garlic, thyme, chilli and rosemary with juice of half the lemon until a paste forms
Pierce pork all over with a knife to create small pockets
Rub marinade well into pork
Put pork with cut up pieces of remaining lemon half and bay leaves into an ovenproof dish and cover tightly with foil
Put in oven for 20 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 140 degrees Celsius and roast for 4.5 hours
Remove foil, increase oven temperature back to 200 degrees and rlast until pork browns on the top
“Pull” pork into pieces with 2 forks and serve with flatbread,salad and accompaniments
Pulled pork
Pulled pork

Serves 3-4 with sides