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The accidental best dinner ever

The accidental best dinner ever

Yesterday afternoon my brain was fried from work, I was exhausted as I sat in traffic home and there was not much food in the fridge (we still haven’t done that big first shop that you do when you move house). All I knew is that I was fucking tired and that we had chicken in the fridge. When I got home, Pete was in the garage hooking up some lights because #handyman and I trudged into the kitchen to figure out what the hell we were going to eat.

I found two chicken breasts (that were actually gargantuan), onions, a single red capsicum, potatoes and a lemon.

Like I said, we haven’t had a chance to shop yet..

What I wasn’t expecting was to cook the most delicious dinner either Pete or I have had in weeks – and that’s saying something because we had pasta two nights ago..

(NB. Sorry that I don’t have a photo of the meal, I wasn’t expecting to post about it, but please enjoy the delightful lemon/herb image that I found on Unsplash)


Lemon chicken with charred, smokey paprika vegetables

Ingredients – 

chicken breast

1 brown onion

four large potatoes

1 red capsicum

1 lemon

minced garlic

smoked paprika


olive oil

salt and pepper

Method – 

In a large pan put a generous amount of olive oil, a big dollop of minced garlic, chives (fresh or dried), smoked paprika, salt and pepper. To that, add diced potatoes, diced capsicum and sliced onion

Turn pan onto a high heat and cook with a lid, stirring every now and then – cook until onions are soft and potatoes are slightly charred and caramelised

In a bowl, marinade the chicken breasts (I cut mine into smaller strips for faster cooking time) in olive oil, minced garlic, a squeeze of lemon, grated lemon rind of half a lemon, salt and pepper

In a separate pan to the vegetables, turned onto a high heat, cook the chicken breast until golden brown

Serve with some salad (for us that meant some leaves and cherry tomatoes), or not, whatever

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