Roast Chicken Ratatouille

This Roast Chicken Ratatouille was just one of those meals that came about when food in the house was running a bit low. Time to be creative with what is there and this was the result.

Roasting the chicken on top of the vegetable ratatouille gives a very tender finish with a little crispness on the chicken to improve things.

All told, it was a most delicious meal.

Roast Chicken Ratatouille

Preparation Time: 60 mins

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts about 125g/4oz each
  • 1-2 Brown Onions
  • 4-6 Tomatoes
  • 1 large Courgette/Zucchini
  • Aubergine/Egg Plant
  • 1-2 red Peppers
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 tsp fresh Basil
  • (Optional)Grated Parmesan or similar

Method

  1. Set the oven to heat to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
  2. Peel then coarsely chop the onion.
  3. Halve or quarter the tomatoes depending on their size.
  4. Cut the top and bottom from the red pepper the deseed and cut out the whit inner flesh. Chop coarsely.
  5. Top and tail the courgette then slice into thick chunks. I like to start by cutting along the length then slice fairly thickly across the width. It gives more pieces for the finished ratatouille.
  6. Cut each end from the aubergine then dice into pieces about 2.5cm/1in in size.
  7. Pour one Tbsp of olive oil into a large ovenrproof dish then add the basil. Stir to mix together.
  8. Add all the vegetables then stir so they get coated with the oil/basil mix. Add a little extra oil in if it seems needed then flatten everything in the dish.
  9. Layer the four pieces of chicken breast on top of the vegetables and brush with a little olive oil. If using parmesan then sprinkle that on.
  10. Put into the oven and cook for 40 minutes until the chicken is turning golden and the vegetables are softening.
  11. Once cooked then spoon a piece of chicken onto each of 4 plates. Divide the ratatouille between each to have a tasty dinner that is ready to serve.

Notes

It is a matter of personal preference as to whether the chicken breast that gets used should be ‘skin on’ or ‘skin off’. I have no personal preference and would eat either.

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