Basil chicken hash

  • Preparation Time45 mins
  • Cooking Time70 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
2 whole (4 split) chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on
16 basil leaves
Olive Oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
90g unsalted butter, divided
900g boiling potatoes, peeled and large diced
2 red onions, chopped
2 red peppers, large diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
5g fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp paprika
15g tomato puree
4 minced spring onions, white and green parts
5g chopped fresh leaf parsley
Sour cream, cheddar and sliced lemons, for serving
1) Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.

2) Place the chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Loosen the skin from the meat with your fingers, leaving one side attached. Place 4 basil leaves under the skin of each chicken breast. Pull the skin over as much of the meat as possible so the chicken won't dry out. With your hands, rub each piece with olive oil and sprinkle very generously with salt and pepper. Bake the chicken for 35 to 40 mins, until the skin is lightly browned and the chicken is just cooked through. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then remove the meat from the bones. Cut the chicken in large dice pieces and set aside.

3) Melt 60g of the butter in a large saute pan. Add the potatoes and onions, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper and saute over medium heat for about 10 mins, until evenly browned and cooked through.

4) In a separate saute pan, melt the remaining 30g of butter. Add the red peppers, garlic, thyme, paprika, tomato puree, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper and saute over medium heat for about 5 mins, until the edges of the peppers are seared.

5) Add the chicken and the pepper mixture to the potatoes and heat through. Add the spring onions and parsley, toss together and place on a serving platter.

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