Isn’t it great how happy cooking can make you! This week has been one of those inexplicably mad weeks. Maybe it has something to do with the end of the month drawing near, but at around 4pm this afternoon my head was spinning with a never-ending to-do list.
I don’t know if you ever get yourself into the same spin, but the only thing that normally helps is a trip to the shops.
Usually shopping for clothes lifts my spirits, but since the leftover noodles didn’t quite hit the spot for lunch, a food shop was in order. This is where I happened across Woolworths’ butter-basted, easy-to-cook chicken. I originally thought of making peri-peri chicken from scratch, but I still had a few things to do so I thought I’d take the shortcut.
It is currently on the Eat In For 4 for under R150 special offer (which also offers the option of a Portuguese peri peri easy-cook roast chicken and a herby Tuscan version).
A delicious roast chicken dinner was ready to be put into the oven. All I needed to do was make my favourite shoestring potatoes to serve on the side. You can also cut yellow peppers in half, scoop out the pips and stuff them with rosa tomatoes, feta, olives, garlic and fresh basil. Drizzle a little olive oil over and season with freshly ground black pepper, but no salt as the feta is already salty.
It was so effortless (and did I say delish), that this meal became the highlight of my week. It may sound silly, but nothing makes me feel better than a home-cooked meal when you’re on deadline and teetering on the edge of a crazy week!
Do yourself a favour and give it a try. By cooking the chicken in the bag it retains all the beautiful flavours and the chicken is super moist.
Have a great weekend filled with food you love to eat.
Consultant Food Editor, Woolworths TASTE
Ps, on the topic of chicken, if you’re in the mood for a warming chicken casserole, follow the link to the Woolies Pantry for a delicious recipe. All the ingredients are ready to be bundled into a virtual basket and bought online. This recipe is one of Abigail Donnelly’s absolute favourites.