Lazy Weekend Chicken

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In my early twenties, I had resorted to takeaways fairly often. Transitioning from full time study to a full time employment, I had more disposable income to spend on takeaways without giving much thought. I simply got carried away.

In my late twenties, I’ve decided to cook more at home. I wanted the peace of mind of knowing what I added in my food and what I was eating. I have started food blogging about the same time and it has definitely cultivated my interest in cooking even more. Nowadays, rather than going out and buy food, I have a couple of “recipes” up my sleeves which are meant for my lazy moments. Hello cooking shortcuts!

Thanks to a friend at work, I got introduced to “lazy weekend chicken”.

The title of the dish sang to me. All you need is a quick toss of onion, vegetables with curry spices in a pan until fragrant and combine the rest of the ingredients in a baking dish. I love all in one baked meals and this dish fits the bill.  Cooking time doesn’t worry me as much as long as I can walk away and do other things around the house.

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{The recommended curry spices is the Clive of India brand which is available in the spices section of Coles and Woolworths}

Lazy Weekend Chicken

(Adapted from Lifestylefood & Mrs Doyle – my friend’s mum)

What you’ll need for 4 servings:-

  • 2 tsps vegetable oil
  • 1 large apple (or 2 small apples), cored & diced
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced into large chunks
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (I added 2 tsps as I preferred a spicier version)
  • 500g to 600g (17 to 21 to ounces) chicken pieces (I bought the pre-sliced chicken breasts. You can use the diced ones too.)
  • Paprika
  • 1 tin Cream of chicken soup
  • 200g  (7 ounces) pouring cream

and 45 minutes of baking time

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Method:-

Preheat oven to 180C/356F. Add oil into a large pan and brown the onion over medium heat. Then add apple and zucchini and cook until slightly tender. Add the curry powder and toss to combine with the apple-zucchini mixture. Saute until fragrant over low heat.  Set aside. Grease a large oven proof dish and add the sliced chicken breast. Sprinkle some paprika over the chicken. Add the apple mixture, cream of chicken and cream and into the dish and stir to combine. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes (time may vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces). Serve immediately with cooked rice.

Note – cook 2 cups of rice for 4 servings.

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9 Responses to Lazy Weekend Chicken
  1. Kelly
    April 4, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    This looks wonderful! You had me at the title…we all need more lazy weekend recipes. Thanks!

    • Emily
      April 5, 2013 | 2:39 am

      The title is certainly catchy. I was drawn to title without knowing what’s all about haha! Thanks for your comment.

  2. Sarah
    April 5, 2013 | 1:22 am

    Looks delish! Are the chicken raw when you put them in the casserole?

    • Emily
      April 5, 2013 | 2:36 am

      Hi Sarah, yes the chicken is raw.

  3. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com
    April 7, 2013 | 11:03 pm

    That’s a very pretty chicken dish! Goes straight to my pin board!

  4. Lisa
    April 10, 2013 | 11:37 pm

    has anyone tried this ? strange food combo ;)

  5. Frances
    June 21, 2013 | 2:39 am

    I made it tonight. I cubed the chicken and gave it a sauté before putting it in the casserole dish with the other ingredients. I would probably cut the cream a bit and replace with milk as the sauce is very rich. Maybe half cream, half milk. I mixed all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, including the cream and soup, put in a casserole dish and sprinkled a little parmesan on top. It was very nice and worth making again.

    • Emily
      June 24, 2013 | 5:54 am

      Thanks for dropping by and left me a wonderful feedback! It’s very much appreciated. :)

  6. Graham Campbell
    March 6, 2014 | 11:55 pm

    Really enjoyed the dish so easy to make, well done

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