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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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  • A lovely succulent chicken dish. Thought that the chicken may be too dry but it wasn't. For my family I think there were too many peas so may substitute some sweet corn next time and do half the peas.

    Posted by Aitchy on 4th August 2019
  • Loved this recipe & will definitely do again!

    Posted by Mizz_Bee on 26th June 2019
  • Made this for family dinner - everyone loved it. Chicken delicious, peas and leeks divine! Served with creamed potatoes and vegetables. Will definitely make again!

    Posted by RachelLogan on 24th June 2019
  • Best chicken ever!!! Love it!!!

    Posted by marianthi on 5th June 2019
  • I'm making this delish meal tonight for the 5th time. It fills the kitchen with a wonderful aroma. It's easy ,no fail and definite comfort food - especially on a rainy day like today.

    Posted by lin5335-_ on 19th May 2019
  • 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
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