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Recipe: Rosemary and Lemon Chicken with Potato Rösti

In most cases the food I cook has been inspired by a recipe or a meal I’ve eaten while we’re out somewhere – if I can give credit for that inspiration then I will and if I’m following a recipe I’m always more than happy to let you know. But from time to time I just make things up as I go along, based on what we have in the kitchen or what I’ve seen at the supermarket.

Tonight’s dinner of Rosemary and Lemon Chicken has been built up around a note I left on my phone some time ago after tidying up the herbs in our garden and realising that we had a rosemary bush on the go that could do with a trim (it’s no longer with us after the pot it was in fell over whilst we were away and it dried out). It simply said “Rosemary Chicken?” with no hints as to what I should actually make…

I went through a few ideas – including using rosemary stalks as skewers for kebabs – until I settled on the idea of making it into something saucy that would go nicely over the top of a heap of mashed potatoes. The recipe still wasn’t finalised until I actually cooked it and realised that we had crème fraîche in the fridge, left over from the pie I made at the weekend, that would turn the sauce into something creamy rather than just relying on it reducing down and coating the chicken thighs.

I also decided to swap out the mash for something with a little bit more texture – a potato rösti – mostly because my husband is a fan of hash browns and cooking potatoes this way makes a breakfast food a legitimate accompaniment to an evening meal. The recipe for this is also below – it’s really simple – but it’s not essential.

As I’ve said before, these last minute recipes are often pretty disastrous and certainly not something I’d want to admit to making in public but from time to time they work out to be really tasty. This one counts as a rare win – so much so that I’m willing to share it on the blog, when I wasn’t planning on posting another recipe just yet.

Especially as we have one of our annual Christmas get-togethers at the weekend and I’ve nominated myself to do a lot of cooking for that…

Rosemary and Lemon Chicken

Potato Rösti

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Recipe: Rosemary and Lemon Chicken with Potato Rösti


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