Planning dinner really gets me frustrated! There is no room for cheating or mistakes and when you are as exhausted as I am at the end of the day a one dish oven chicken dish sounds just about perfect!
Chicken breasts are a great source of lean proteins and with the availability of cleaned and cut chicken breasts this is easy peezy! I did add in boneless chicken thighs in my dish, feel free to use whichever pieces you like but remember this recipe is measured for boneless pieces!
What do you need?
You can adjust the measurements if you are cooking for 3 or more people. I made enough for 3 persons.
4 boneless chicken breasts and thighs
1.5 tablespoon of olive oil
A mix of chili sauce, honey and whole grain mustard, a tbsp of each. However if you have made the amazing sweet chili sauce you can use 2 tbsp of that and add a tbsp of mustard of choice. Also in that case decrease garlic to just one clove as the sweet chili sauce contains garlic. (I hadn’t tried out the sweet chili sauce when I cooked this!)
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
2 – 3 red or green chilies, chopped
Juice of half a lime
Roughly a cup of chopped cilantro
2 tbsp water
Salt and pepper to taste
Wash the chicken pieces and pat dry
Make sure to place a cling wrap over your cutting board when cutting raw pieces of meat. The juices get soaked into the boards, especially if they are wooden and basically the bacteria harvests in there and you do the math! Ech! Always remember to cling wrap your boards, may it be plastic, granite or wood when handling raw meats or fishes!
Cut the pieces into equal sizes, this completely depends on you! But make sure they are roughly equal so that they cook evenly.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper
Mix sauces together with the juice from the lime and add 2 tbsp of water. Mix and set aside.
Under medium heat, put half of the oil and sear the pieces to give some color and lock in the juices
Preheat the oven to 250 C ( I use a fan oven)
Place the remaining oil, cut chilies, cut garlic and half of the cilantro into an oven proof dish
Transfer the pieces into the prepared dish, try not to crowd them too much and then cover each piece completely with the sauce. Leave some to add on after the cooking process.
Place it in the oven and watch the cooking and caramelization happen!
It should take 30 – 35 minutes before its done. Turn the pieces half way through. The chicken is cooked when you insert a toothpick and the juices run clear! You can even take a piece and cut it to make sure! No one’s judging here!
Transfer the chicken into your serving dish and cover with foil.
Take the drippings from the dish and reduce it down. You can add in a tsp of cornstarch mixed with water to get a thicker sauce but honestly it’s not necessary!
Serve the chicken in slices or whole, smear it with the remaining sauce and garnish with cilantro.
Serve with a side of steamed crunchy vegetables!
This is easily a dish you can make for many people, its hassle free and you can really skip the searing part if you are feeling extra lazy!