Feta-stuffed chicken thighs with peperonata panzanella

Serves: 2 Prepare & Cook:

Ingredients

  • 550g leftover peperonata
  • 2 slices rustic bread, toasted and cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • handful basil, leaves picked and torn, plus extra to garnish
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 25g feta, crumbled
  • small pinch chilli flakes
  • 500g spinneysFOOD Chicken Thighs, skin on
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Method

  1. In a large bowl, combine 420g peperonata, the toasted bread, capers, basil and half the lemon zest. Season. Set aside to allow the flavours to infuse.
  2. Put the remaining peperonata and lemon zest, the feta and chilli flakes in a food processor. Season and blitz to combine.
  3. Use your index finger to open up a small pocket between the skin and flesh of the chicken thighs. Carefully spoon the stuffing into each pocket, then fold the skin back over to seal. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Set a large frying pan with the olive oil over a medium-high heat. Fry the thighs for 1-2 minutes on each side, until lightly browned.
  5. Arrange skin-side up on a roasting tray and season. Roast for 20-25 minutes, basting halfway, or until the skin is crisp and golden brown and the meat cooked through.
  6. Transfer the panzanella to a large serving platter and top with the chicken. Garnish with the extra basil leaves.

Top Tip

Stuffing the chicken thighs is a great way to add extra flavour. For a more substantial meal, serve with roast potatoes.

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