Casserole Roast Chicken

Roast chicken with roast potatoes, stuffing and gravy is without doubt one of the most popular dinners in our house. Cooking roast chicken used to freak me out a bit, I don’t know why but I always thought of it as a complicated dinner. Then I came across this simple and foolproof one-pot method which absolutely rocks. I discovered it when I was in Ballymaloe House (on a 2-day course which I was so lucky to win as a prize!) a few years ago. So no roasting tray, racks, cooking bags etc – it just cooks in the one pot in which all the juices collect and from which you can make your gravy.  So no need to fear cooking roast chicken any more – if you haven’t done it before give this a try and you won’t look back.   Continue reading


Stuffed chicken breast with leeks & bacon

Chicken stuffed leeks & bacon

I am often scratching my head trying to do something different or interesting with skinless chicken breasts. During the week it is all about speed and simplicity so my ‘go to’ recipe would be my chicken breasts with honey and mustard or perhaps a stir-fry or a curry. At the weekend I try to do something a little fancier if I have the time and this stuffed chicken is one of those dishes. This would also be a great dish to do if you were having anyone for dinner as it can be prepared in advance. As well as being delicious and moist, it is also a very healthy way to cook the chicken. I have used a leek & bacon mixture in the stuffing but you could equally invent your own or use the traditional sage & onion stuffing where any leftover chicken sliced thinly and would make a pretty tasty sandwich the next day. I am all for this type of cooking where a little bit extra or leftover can sort lunches for the next day.  Continue reading

Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Chicken & Veg Soup 2

I am not one for making New Year resolutions as I find it hard enough to get through the dark and dreary month of January without making it even tougher. Anyway most resolutions tend to be based on things we feel guilty about like eating and drinking too much over Christmas. (Why do we do this to ourselves?!) I would encourage anyone who is considering going on a diet now to scrap the guilt and instead consider being kind to yourself by cooking and eating real food and cutting back on sugar and processed foods. However, making wholesale changes to eating habits can be overwhelming and difficult to do all at once so another approach is to  start gradually by focussing on one meal in the day for a start e.g. for the first week / month resolve to eat a good, healthy breakfast or lunch each day.    Continue reading

Buttermilk Roast Chicken with Leeks & Bacon

Buttermilk chicken 1

This is a recipe I got on a cookery course I did in The Tannery Cookery School in Dungarvan with Paul Flynn. I love it because it is great for a quick weekday dinner but also is fancy enough to serve if having friends over for dinner. It is a brilliant recipe to have in your repertoire of dishes that are quick, easy, delicious and healthy.

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Chicken Breasts with honey & mustard

This is one of my fall-back recipes when I don’t have much time as it is quick, easy to prepare and very tasty. You only need a few ingredients one of which is Dijon mustard – don’t be put off by this and think that the chicken will taste of mustard, take my word for it, it doesn’t.

Tip: I often cook an extra piece (or two) of chicken as it tastes just as good when it is cold, in a sandwich or in a salad, the next day. You can cook potato wedges (see separate recipe) at the same time to have with it.

Ingredients (serves 4)

4 skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Turn on the oven to 180°C


Mix together the honey and mustard in a large bowl.

Add the chicken breasts and mix well with the honey & mustard

Put the chicken in an oven proof dish (or foil tray if you want to save on the washing up!)

Drizzle with olive oil

Season with salt & pepper.

Pop into the oven for 30 / 40 mins

Slice each chicken breast and serve with any green veg and mashed potatoes or potato wedges