Chorizo Chicken with Orange

This is my go-to recipe for feeding a crowd. It is really easy to make and requires no babysitting. All you do is slice the ingredients, throw them all into a roasting tin and plop the lot in the oven. Since you don’t have to stand at the stove, you can spend more time setting the table, putting the finishing touches on a dessert, or having a seat and chatting with your guests (the last being my¬†favourite). The other great thing about this recipe is that it is really easy to scale up to feed a crowd. Plus, the ingredients are very ordinary and inexpensive with the exception of the chorizo. Okay, that was another thing. Here though the chorizo makes a massive difference. As the chorizo cooks, it oozes paprika oil that then gets absorbed by the chicken and potatoes. Heavenly!This recipe makes having people over for dinner a breeze without missing out on those ‘mmmmmmm’ ‘oh this is really nice’ ‘great dinner’ moments during the meal. Don’t miss out, this recipe will make even the most scatterbrained hostess into a Martha Stewart.

Serves 4

  • large chicken cut into cuts (chop the breast in half so it will cook at the same rate as the other cuts)
  • 150 g chorizo
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 onions
  • 6 potatoes
  • 1 orange
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 425F (220C).
  2. Cut your chicken into cuts, or you could just get 2 chicken thighs, drumsticks, and breasts. To make sure the chicken breast cooks in the same time as the drumsticks and thighs.
  3. Toss the chicken in a large roasting tin with the olive oil and a good amount of salt and pepper.
  4. Put a large pot of water onto boil with some salt.
  5. Peel the potatoes and cut them into chunks.
  6. Boil the potatoes for 7 minutes. This is just to soften up the edges so they will crisp up in the oven.
  7. Drain the potatoes and set them aside.
  8. Slice the onions.
  9. Crush the garlic by smacking each clove with the flat side of a knife and then peeling off the skin.
  10. Add the garlic, onions, and potatoes to the roasting tin.
  11. Zest and juice the orange right on top of the chicken.
  12. Give all the ingredients a good mix. If your roasting tin is looking overcrowded, transfer some of it to a new tin. Overcrowding the roasting tin will prevent the chicken and potatoes from browning.
  13. Whack the whole thing in the oven and bake for 45 minutes giving the ingredients a toss half way through.
  14. Enjoy :)
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