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Roast Chicken with Gherkins and Prunes

Roast Chicken with Gherkins and Prunes

Simple, healthy and with a burst of flavors that confused every bite, this was by far one of Shuchi Mittal’s better mistakes in life.
By Shuchi Mittal

I made this dish my accident. Although the ingredients are neither mysterious, nor the combination with chicken so unique, my experiment with these flavors was purely by chance. I was preparing for lazy Sunday with take-out dinner and vegetating in front of the TV, when I decided to marinate some chicken for a roast instead. I usually keep my roast very simple- garlic, olive oil, oregano, salt & pepper and that’s that. However, half way through the preps I saw a stash of Prunes and Gherkins tucked away at the back of the refrigerator. Now I am leaving the country, so I decided to get rid of these and thrown them in as well. I left it to marinade, and ended up falling asleep on the couch, thus giving dinner a miss altogether! Thus, the confused marinade was left to sit for over 24 hours!

Next day, I sauteed some spinach and grilled the chicken for a quick dinner. Simple, healthy and with a burst of flavors that confused every bite, this was by far one of my better mistakes in life.

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Roast chicken with Gherkins and Prunes
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A mildly sweet and tangy chicken surprise
Recipe Type: Main
Serves: 2
  • 2 skinned pieces of chicken breast
  • 1 cup chopped pickled gherkins
  • 1 cup pitted prunes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves, torn into pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Wash the chicken pieces. Make a few incisions on the chicken and sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the gherkins, prunes, oregano, ginger, bay leaves, garlic, olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 175 degree C.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes, till the chicken is fully cooked.
  6. Grill on 200 degree C for another 10 minutes to give it a nice brown exterior.
  7. Remove from oven and serve with a side of mash or sautéed spinach

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