Chicken with cherry tomatoes and butter beans

Chicken with cherry tomatoes and butter beans

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Something for Everyone
Serves
4
Photographer
Ben Dearnley

Those of you who have my book Cooking For Your Baby and Toddler will know that I like to make a similar dish using fish, which I learnt on a trip to the Ligurian coast in Italy. This adaptation is just as good, if not better.

If you don’t have a mandolin, it’s worth investing in one (it won’t break the bank). Once you have these perfectly, thinly sliced potatoes you’ll be hooked! Unless you’re a particularly nifty cook, it’s tricky to get quite the same result by hand.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 chicken leg quarters
6 desiree potatoes, skin on, thinly sliced using a mandolin
4 small zucchini, thinly sliced using a mandolin
1 brown onion, thinly sliced using a mandolin
60ml olive oil
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
2 rosemary sprigs
12-18 truss cherry tomatoes
400g tinned butter beans, rinsed and drained
or 400g tinned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Heat a large non-stick frying pan (or flameproof baking dish which you can continue to use for cooking the vegetables) over high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 4–5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Set aside.
  2. Arrange the potato, zucchini and onion slices evenly in the base of a large baking dish. Toss through 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and place the browned chicken, garlic and rosemary sprigs on top. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the chicken and potato are almost cooked.
  3. Remove the dish from the oven and scatter over the tomatoes and beans. Drizzle over the remaining olive oil. Return the dish to the oven and bake for a further 5–10 minutes, or until the chicken and vegetables are cooked through.

Baby’s serve

  • For a younger baby, blend together some of the chicken (remove any bones), beans, vegetables and tomato until smooth, adding as much liquid (water or your baby’s milk) as needed to achieve the desired consistency. For an older baby, keep the puréed consistency more textured or simply chop up the chicken and serve as finger food.

Toddler’s serve

  • Serve as is, chopping into smaller pieces as needed.
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