Smoked Paprika Chicken Traybake


Monday 10 July 2017

Smoked Paprika Chicken Traybake

This smoked paprika chicken traybake is sure to please even the fussiest members of your family.

Smoked Paprika Chicken Traybake

When British Poultry and Red Tractor challenged me to make a family friendly meal, I had to put my thinking cap on. Pleasing the whole family with one dish can be challenging, but I am pleased to say I cracked it with this dish. Empty plates and comments of  "you can make that again." put a smile on my face after a meal. There is little preparation, which is another bonus, as no-one wants to be spending hours preparing a meal with hungry kids biting at their ankles (or should I say raiding the cupboards looking for snacks!) The chicken can be left to marinate overnight making it even easier.

I have to admit that I often shop online. Whilst it is convenient for me, it really does mean that you don't engage with where your food is coming from. Taking a trip to the supermarket and browsing for the Red Tractor symbols made me realise how important it is to buy produce that is in season where possible to support our farmers. The Red Tractor products I chose for this dish were chicken thighs, red onions, baby potatoes and spinach.

red tractor produce

I find that chicken thighs are great for this type of meal and they have the added advantage of being cheaper than chicken breasts. My boys will tell you that they don't like onions, but if you chop them up small, they don't even know they are there.

This recipe works well as a family dish as it has flavour without being to spicy. It has more of a barbecue and all three of my children enjoyed it! (I would love to say this happens every meal, but that would be a lie.) I choose to serve it with corn on the cob, which is another crowd pleaser in this house.

Smoked Paprika Chicken Traybake

Smoked Paprika Chicken Traybake

For the marinade
  • 6 chicken thighs (skin removed)
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 1tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • 2tsp onion salt
  • 1tbsp soft brown sugar

For the traybake
  • 1 red onion
  • 200g spinach
  • 400g baby potatoes
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp onion salt
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  1. Start my marinating the chicken. Mix the smoked paprika, garlic, cumin, onion salt and brown sugar together. Massage it into the chicken thighs. This can be left for a few hours or overnight. 
  2. Chop the baby potatoes in half and par boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Pre heat the oven to 200C.
  4. Drain the potatoes and place them in a roasting dish along with the marinated chicken thighs and chopped red onion. 
  5. Cook for around 20 minutes and then discard any excess fat.
  6. Add the tin of tomatoes, paprika, onion salt and ground cumin. Cover with foil and cook for a further 20 minutes.
  7. Check that the potatoes are cooked through, and stir though the spinach. Cook for a couple more minutes so that it is wilted and cooked through.

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For a simple and tasty family meal this smoked chicken traybake with baby potatoes, red onion and spinach will put a smile on everyone's faces.

This is my entry to the British Poultry and Red Tractor Recipe Challenge

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