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Chicken and Pea Traybake

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Introduction

I thought I had exhausted the culinary possibilities of a pack of frozen peas, but my friend, and excellent cook, Alex Andreou, led me by the hand – it does take a leap of faith – to his method of using them, still frozen, as the first layer of a traybake. It’s a life-changer. The peas become soft and sweet in the heat – duller in colour, but so much more vibrant in flavour – and the steam they produce as they bake makes the chicken beautifully tender, its skin crackly and crisp on top.

What’s key here is the size of the roasting tin. I wouldn’t go any smaller – measuring from inside rim to inside rim – than about 38 x 28cm / 15 x 11inches (a little larger is fine) as there needs to be space around the chicken thighs for the magic to happen.

I thought I had exhausted the culinary possibilities of a pack of frozen peas, but my friend, and excellent cook, Alex Andreou, led me by the hand – it does take a leap of faith – to his method of using them, still frozen, as the first layer of a traybake. It’s a life-changer. The peas become soft and sweet in the heat – duller in colour, but so much more vibrant in flavour – and the steam they produce as they bake makes the chicken beautifully tender, its skin crackly and crisp on top.

What’s key here is the size of the roasting tin. I wouldn’t go any smaller – measuring from inside rim to inside rim – than about 38 x 28cm / 15 x 11inches (a little larger is fine) as there needs to be space around the chicken thighs for the magic to happen.

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  • Tried this one and it was yummy. Will definitely make it again. However the chicken took longer than the said 75 minutes to brown. I increased the heat and put it on the higher shelf for an additional 15 minutes or so. And voila, it worked. Nor burnt peas nor leeks...

    Posted by HouseofRose on 25th March 2019
  • I made this and followed the recipe to the T. I am a terrible cook but this was perfect.

    Posted by Jamolisa on 23rd March 2019
  • 75 minutes for crispy chicken, but desiccated peas, and charred leaks was a sad waste of Vermouth. I will try again, because I want this to taste as good as everyone else has commented, but I'm drinking the Vermouth, and using chicken stock.

    Posted by karyl on 12th March 2019
  • A great recipe! A different way of cooking green peas and chicken than we do here in Greece. The family loved it! I added some sweetcorn as well. Thank you Nigella!

    Posted by LiaGreg on 6th March 2019
  • One of the most delicious chicken tray bakes I have ever eaten. It has become a regular in our house. Thank you Nigella. X

    Posted by Mydogs on 16th February 2019
  • I wasn’t sure how much flavour this dish would have, as the ingredients seemed so simple. I always trust nigellas recipes implicitly, so I gave it a go. I used Marsala as that’s what I had to hand. Wow! super tasty, easy to cook, easy to eat. Brilliant mid week dinner and easy to prepare for a mum with a toddler!

    Posted by LozzyS on 16th January 2019
  • Great for cooking and taking to work :)

    Posted by Tezz1963 on 24th November 2018
  • Tried it this week-end, with leftover red wine instead of vermouth, it was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten.

    Posted by Reverbere on 12th November 2018
  • What a tasty dish! So easy to make and packed with flavour. I can honestly say this will become a regular for our family

    Posted by Luvliv1980 on 5th November 2018
  • This has become a family favorite since I first made it several months ago. The dill creates a very delicate flavor balance, and the chicken turns out crispy on the top and juicy inside every time.

    Posted by Maggieb02 on 5th November 2018
  • Absolutely brilliant! I like that there are only a few simple ingredients and the steps are not complicated and easy to follow.

    Posted by MVCSwan on 4th November 2018
  • Well I took that leap of faith! And so glad I did what a warm brilliant comfort dish ! So simple but so amazing!

    Posted by Boonumber-1 on 4th November 2018
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