two greedy Italians

… and that doesn’t mean us!  This delicious chicken dish is from the book of the same name by Gennaro Contaldo and the late Antonio Carluccio.  It is such a find although I’m afraid I don’t use fresh artichokes nor rosemary. One tray and into the oven it goes!  It is good to have a plain green vegetable to serve with it – I usually do broccoli.  

What you need is a mix of chicken thighs and drumsticks (or just one or the other depending on your preference), potatoes, onion, garlic, some fresh thyme and a jar of chargrilled artichokes in oil. Charlotte potatoes work well for this dish but I’ve used others with equal success.  The colour of onion is up to you but choose a larger one (or two depending how many you’re cooking for).  I haven’t put numbers because this dish is only limited to what you can get on the tray in a single layer!

Firstly divide the onion(s) into six, keeping it attached at the root.  Cut the potatoes in half ( if they’re the size of charlotte salad potatoes) and take as many unpeeled cloves of garlic as you fancy and put all these into a bowl with some of the oil from the jar of artichokes.  Mix with your hands and place on a baking tray (preferable covered with non-stick baking parchment). Then put the chicken portions into the same bowl, add some more of the oil from the jar and place them on the tray too.  Season generously and sprinkle with lots of thyme.  Only put the artichokes on for the last 10-15 minutes to heat through. For baking in the Aga I put the potatoes flat side down and cook on the floor of the roasting oven for half the time, then put up to the top of the oven for the rest of the time.  It can take anything between 45mins and an hour depending on the size of the chicken portions, but do check they’re cooked through before serving.  For a regular oven, 200C for about an hour is recommended.

I usually do enough for us to have chicken salad, club sandwich or something similar the next night BUT…..

I think this might be taking chargrilled chicken a bit too far! 😂
I think it got caught on the roof of the Aga and let me tell you the smell was not the sweetest!  We just kept wondering where it was coming from! Luckily there is still enough – uncharred – for tonight!

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