Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas food ideas #10: Parsley & Thyme Chicken & Vegetable Bake

4 days till Christmas, I cannot believe how fast this year has gone. Comfort/heart-warming foods seem to taste better during the festive season because of the cold weather. Using fresh herbs in my cooking isn't new to me. If you're looking for a burst of flavour, fresh herbs are a great solution. I use Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme and Basil very often in my cooking but with this dish, I'm focusing on my two favourites, Parsley and Thyme. An effortless and family-friendly dish that showcases healthy ingredients; one that won't disappoint on the flavour front.
Prep time: 25 minutes                                                  Cooking time: 20 minutes

What you need:
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • A pack of baby corn
  • Broccoli
  • Handful of Beansprouts
  • Fresh bunch of spring onions, chopped
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Red, yellow and green peppers, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 sprig of Thyme
  • Small handful chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Shaohsing cooking wine
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • Ground pepper
  • A sprinkle of salt to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. 
  2. Place a wok pan with water a quarter full  on medium heat. The vegetables have to be steamed first.
  3. When water is boiling, place bamboo steamer over wok pan without touching the water. Add broccoli, carrots and baby corn; steam for up to 6 minutes. Set aide when ready.
  4. Heat up olive oil in a pan then fry up spring onions, garlic, peppers, beansprouts, thyme and parsley. Fry for about 3 minutes, stir occasionally.
  5. Add in the steamed vegetables, light soy sauce, shaosing cooking wine, ground pepper and salt mix together.
  6. In a clean pan, fry chopped chicken breast until cooked and no longer pink then mix in with the prepared vegetables.
  7. Pour fry up into dish, adding halved cherry tomatoes and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with Parsley and serve.

A delicious and nutritious meal perfect for the whole family.

I hope this has inspired you to start cooking with fresh herbs; better yet, why not grow your own at home.
Nokhuthula xo

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