Despite my kitchen coming down with cookery books, (I am quite addicted to them) I’m still one of those people who tends to rotate the same eight or nine dishes when cooking for the family.
This really has to change!!! But with everything else in my life, it’s a work in progress.
Every journey begins with a single step they say, but my journey towards broadening my repertoire has started with a Chicken and Peach Bake.
I decided to try this at home after eating it for lunch at a local cafe. There was no child menu available, so picky Little Homebird had no option but to eat from Mum’s plate. I’d chosen it because I thought the chicken and sweet peach might pass the picky test. I wasn’t sure I’d be a fan though, as sweet ingredients in savoury dishes isn’t my favourite thing in the world. Pineapple on pizza? No thank you.
Well, it turns out we both loved it! LH lapped it up and I was happy to hoover up the leftovers.
So of course I turned to Google for ideas on how to rustle it up at home.
The choice of recipes were quite limited but I eventually found one which was posted by Ulster Business School.
Here it is:
1 small leek
1 small tin of peaches
1 tin of low fat condensed chicken soup
Small jar of low fat mayonnaise
1 heaped teaspoon curry powder
50g low fat grated cheese
Chop and fry leek. Drain off fat.
Chop chicken into cubes.
Layer chicken, leek and peaches in ovenproof dish.
Mix soup, mayonnaise and curry powder and pour over the chicken.
Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese.
Bake at 170*C for 20-25 mins.
That’s the basic recipe but it’s easily tweaked to suit what you’ve got in the fridge. It’s also great for using up leftover chicken. If I’m out of leek I’ll boil up some frozen green beans and peas and perhaps add some tinned sweetcorn. I’ll also fry some onions for extra flavour and go heavy on the curry. I’m guessing mustard would also work if you’re out of curry powder but I haven’t tried that yet.
So, this is recommended if you’re cooking for anyone with a sweet tooth.
I’d love to hear some of your tried and tested midweek dinner recipes! Let’s get sharing!
Ps I don’t have any pictures of this at the moment. I will post some the next time I serve it up!