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Mediterranean Chicken Bake (with lemony mayonnaise) - A super fast and easy to make, delicious and nutritious tray bake meal. Mid-week meals don't get a whole lot better.
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Mediterranean Chicken Bake (with lemony mayonnaise)

A super fast and easy to make, delicious and nutritious tray bake meal. Mid-week meals don't get a whole lot better. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 500 g chicken thighs
  • 2 red capsicum/s (large)
  • 1 sweet potato/s (kumara)
  • 1 red onion/s
  • 2 tbsp olive oil -extra virgin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 lemon/s -zest
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper -to taste

Lemony mayo

  • 115 g whole egg mayonnaise (½ cup)
  • 1 clove/s garlic -minced
  • ½ lemon/s - juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper -to taste

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180℃/350℉ (fan-forced).
  • Finely slice the chicken, capsicums, sweet potato and red onion. Place on a large baking tray and drizzle over the olive oil. Add the oregano, smoked paprika, lemon zest, sea salt and pepper.
  • Toss together until the chicken and vegetables are evenly coated and arrange in a single layer on the tray.
  • Place the tray into the oven and bake for 20-25 mins until browned and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Now make the lemony mayo by mixing all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.

Serve

  • For a light meal, serve in a lettuce cup, tortilla or wrap with the lemony mayo and leafy greens
  • Or tossed through mixed greens (dressed with olive oil and lemon juice) for a delicious salad. I also like to add in olives and cherry tomatoes.
  • For a bulked up meal, it's lovely over rice, quinoa or cous cous.
  • Leftovers are fabulous in a wrap or as a salad for lunch.

Make-ahead

  • Re-heat in a low oven until just hot.

Store

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

Onion-free

Replace the red onion with baby fennel.

Garlic-free

Replace the garlic with a pinch of cumin and cayenne.

Fructose friendly

Replace the honey with rice malt syrup.

Egg-free

Replace the mayo with natural yoghurt or Cashew Nut Cream.

Vegetarian

Replace the chicken with 300g of brown or field mushrooms. Plus 1 cup of cashew nuts or almonds (throw on the tray for the last 10 minutes of baking). 

Vegan

See vegetarian variation. Replace the honey with rice malt syrup and and the mayo with cashew cream. 
 

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