Nigella Lawson’s great love of chicken is no secret. “For me,” she writes, “a chicken remains the basic unit of home. I don’t really feel a kitchen is mine until I’ve cooked a chicken there”. Here, we’ve gathered some of Nigella’s best chicken recipes, from all-in-one traybakes to succulent stews – a nourishing selection that will take you from busy midweek evening right through to lavish Sunday lunch.
This all-in-one twist on the classic roast chicken is guaranteed to become a go-to weekend favourite. Cooking the chicken and orzo in one pot allows the pasta to soak up the rich flavour of the chicken, along with the flavour of the lemon and herbs.
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Pair tender chicken with sweet red grapes, musky marsala and thyme in this easy but elegant dinner recipe for two.
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You only need five ingredients (plus olive oil and salt) to make this flavoursome supper: throw it all in the oven and kick back until it’s ready.
A pared back, lighter and fresher version of coronation chicken, this recipe combines leftover cold chicken breast with mango, spring onions, chilli and fresh coriander.
In this recipe, Nigella flavours a jointed chicken with chunks of lemon, white wine, thyme and plenty of garlic. Leave the lemon pieces to cook slowly in the oven and they’ll caramelise and sweeten to the point where you can eat them – skin, pith and all.
A Mexican-inspired chicken dinner that is particularly good served with sweet potato wedges, black beans and a simple green salad.
This soul-soothing chicken stew recipe, inspired by Nigella’s mother, is incredibly useful for using up leftover roast chicken.