One-Tray Balsamic Chicken with Caramelised Vegetables

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Need a simple, healthy and balanced mid-week meal that won't take 14,000 hours and a million ingredients to make? 

You can throw this one-tray balsamic chicken together in a few minutes giving you more time to unwind, and one less excuse to get takeaway. 

You can reheat this during the week so it's a good recipe for meal prep. I especially used brown meat (chicken thigh) to prevent the meat from drying out. You could use white meat but be prepared for the fact that it won't be as juicy and won't be as good when you reheat it again.  

I'm trying to eat less meat so aim for 100g/per person when I cook. So 400g should stretch to four meals. This is a great way to save money and stretch your budget and it also helps you fill up on other healthy foods like vegetables, legumes and whole grains. 

I've used chickpeas in this recipe because they're my favourite legume, but I think it would work well with any canned (and drained). 

Don't forget to flip the chicken halfway through baking for the best result!

This is a really simple recipe and I'd recommend playing around to make it your own. Why not add:

  • 2-3 cloves of garlic

  • 2-3 sprigs of rosemary or thyme

  • 1 tbsp of paprika (sweet or smokey)

  • 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes...

  • Italian mixed herbs and spices

Serve with leafy greens like rocket or enjoy with brown rice for a hot meal. 

Big love,



P.s. Watch me make the recipe below! 

One tray balsamic Chicken recipe
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Balsamic Chicken One tray Bake
Throw all the ingredients into a pan and cook for one hour. It's as simple as that. Play around and add different ingredients like: 2-3 cloves of garlic and/or 2-3 sprigs of rosemary or thyme, 1 tbsp of paprika, or 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes... Serve with leafy greens like rocket or enjoy with brown rice for a hot meal.
  • 2 red onions, cut into large chunks
  • 5 tomatoes, cut into large chunks
  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained
  • 400g/14oz chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 180c/356F. Place all ingredients on a lined baking tray and bake for 1 hour. Flip the chicken halfway through cooking.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2-4 serves
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