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Roast Chicken Thigh with Autumn Fruits & Quinoa (Diana Henry)


Roast Chicken Thigh with Autumn Fruits & Quinoa (Diana Henry)

I made this dish for dinner after I found out about another new blog hop called I Heart Cooking Clubs from Joyce (Kitchen Flavours).

For the next six months, I Heart Cooking Clubs will be cooking up recipes of their featured chef, Diana Henry. I chose one of her chicken recipes as recommended by Joyce on her blog.

 
Original recipe from here. 

My adapted version below:

Ingredients:
(Serves 2)

For the chicken thighs:
1 teaspoon dry mixed herbs
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 medium chicken thighs, with skin
Salt and pepper to taste
2 small apples, cored and cut into wedges
2 plums, stoned and cut into wedges (I use yellow plums)
1 medium yellow onion, cut into wedges
1 tablespoon rice bran oil

For the quinoa:
1 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon rice bran oil
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon chicken stock seasoning


How to:

1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Mix dry herbs and butter together. Carefully lift the skin off the chicken thighs and stuff with some of the herb-ed butter. Season the outside with salt and pepper to taste. Put the chicken thighs in a roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes.

2. Toss all the fruits and onions together in a bowl with salt, pepper, and rice bran oil. Remove the chicken from the oven and put the fruit and onions around the chicken. Stir the fruit around to coat in the cooking juices. Dot with remaining butter and return to the oven for a further 30 minutes, turning the fruit once during this cooking time.

3. Start making the quinoa 20 minutes before the chicken is ready. Put it in a sieve, wash well and drain. Heat up oil in a sauce pan; add butter and garlic. Gently saute until soft. Add the quinoa and stir until well coated in oil. Add water and chicken stock seasoning and cook for 20 minutes, until the grains are soft. Cover for 5 minutes, then fluff up with a fork.

4. Serve the chicken on a warm platter surrounded by fruits and quinoa.


Note: The end product is surprisingly good. The meat is very tender, succulent, and flavorful. The skin is crispy from the butter and it crackles in my mouth! The apples are sweet, the plums are a bit tart, and the onions add another layer of crunch and flavor. The quinoa is soft, fluffy, and fragrant.

This combination of chicken, fruits, and quinoa is absolutely brilliant! It's indeed one of the best roast chicken thighs recipe that I have ever tried!


Chicken thighs stuffed with butter & herbs under the skin.

Apple, yellow plum, and onions.

Being baked for the last 30 minutes.

Done! Smells so good!

Cooked quinoa with caramelized garlic.

Dinner is served!


I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, Welcome Diana Henry!

Thanks to Joyce from Kitchen Flavours for bringing my attention to this blog hop. :)


17 comments

  1. Hi Joyce,
    Wow, what a beautiful chicken dish! With the wonderful mixture of fruits and herbs, this must be really fragrant and fruity delicious! Serving it with quinoa makes it a complete scrumptious meal!
    And yes, I like all her chicken recipes, i can see that there will be lots of chicken dishes in my kitchen for the next six months!
    So happy that you have joined us. It will be fun cooking together with IHCC! :)

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  2. Hi Joyce, yummy ... I'm drooling as I could smell the nice fragrance of this fruity roast chicken thigh! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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  3. Welcome to IHCC Joyce!
    And what a lovely welcome dish for our newest chef; your herby chicken and roasted fruit has my mouth watering!

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  4. YUM! Doesn't the sweetness of the fruit work beautifully with the quinoa ?!? A simple, but really wonderful plate of food! Well done, Diana Henry and Joyce!

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  5. Welcome to ICC, I joined the Club for Nigel Slater. Your dish looks appetizing! Greetings from Germany!

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  6. What a great dish. The combination of chicken with the fruits is not one that I ever would have thought of, but now I can't wait to try it. Welcome to the group, and thanks for joining in :-)

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    1. Hi Sue! It's a pleasure to be able to meet you all through cooking and blogging! :)

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  7. Welcome to IHCC Joyce! We are happy to have you cooking along with us. ;-)

    This is just a perfect autumn dish and wonderful comfort food. You got nice color on that chicken too.

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  8. Grace Phua, sorry. I was trying to publish your comment via my mobile phone but accidentally pressed the delete tab instead. I need a bigger phone. :(

    Anyway, thanks for dropping by! :)

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  9. This looks so tasty. Out of the box for me with the fruit included. Must try.

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    1. Yeah, I'm surprised with this combination too. Turns out to be very nice.

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