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Chicken and Vegetable Casserole Winner, winner, chicken dinner! And more, thanks to this sumptuous recipe from Penny Oliver’s recently released first class cookbook, Onedish Dinners. Moist chicken thighs combine with leek, celery, earthy mushrooms, juicy tomatoes, salty olives and citrus rind in a tangy casserole. Preparation and Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Serves 4

2 stalks celery, thinly sliced 1 cup sliced mushrooms 2 sprigs fresh thyme 3 cloves garlic, grated Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes in juice 1/2 cup olives Chopped flat-leaf parsley and strips of lemon rind to garnish

method:

ingredients:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 large leek, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

Heat a cast-iron casserole over a medium heat and cook leek in oil for 1 minute. Add remaining vegetables and cook for 3 minutes. Add thyme, garlic, lemon zest, tomatoes, olives and chicken and stir together.

Place the lid on and cook in the oven for 1 hour until the chicken is tender and cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

Garnish with parsley and a little grated lemon zest. Serve with brown rice on the side.

• Reproduced with permission from One-dish Dinners by Penny Oliver. Published by Penguin Group NZ. RRP $40. Copyright text © Penny Oliver, 2015. Copyright photography © Manja Wachsmuth, 2015. Available nationwide.

Win! One-dish Dinners by penny oliver Some Olivers may ask for more and it’s a safe bet Penny’s family would be amongst them, judging by the mouth-watering recipes in her latest book. In One-dish Dinners, the author of Single Serve shows us that

cooking fabulous meals doesn’t require complicated recipes and a multitude of pots and pans. Featuring seasonal ingredients for year-round cooking, these recipes prove when cooking up quality in the kitchen, it really does pay to be in for a Penny!

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