Grilled chicken with honey-glazed figs, Phil Vickery

Around 8 years ago, I followed a strict gluten-free diet for a few months and felt great. I’ve been meaning to follow this type of eating plan again but keep being tempted by gluten-laden treats. I bought Phil Vickery’s ‘Seriously Good Gluten-Free Cooking’ book a couple of years ago but have never cooked anything from it. Until now.

I don’t know if you’re like me, but I often overlook recipes which don’t feature an image of the final dish. It must be a psychological thing. This recipe didn’t have an image attached so I was about to put all my trust in some words on a page (oh, and I couldn’t find this recipe online).

First off, I had to marinate the chicken in a concoction which included Worcestershire sauce, tabasco and lemon juice. It says to leave it overnight if possible but this was our supper and we were hungry. I then had to marinade the figs in honey and sherry vinegar for 20 mins. Easy enough.

Once marinated, you cook the chicken first, then the figs. Both under the grill.

I quite liked the taste of the chicken, but I think the figs would have benefited from being marinated in a more intense balsamic vinegar rather than sherry vinegar.

This is great with salad but keep it as a green salad, as the acidity of the tomatoes we used interfered with the subtlety of the figs.


Pollo alla cacciatora, Nigella Express

I could not for the life of me remember if I’d already cooked this. There were no food stains on the recipe’s page to suggest that I had but preparing this had a slight feel of deja vu about it.

Very easy again (as the cookbook’s title suggests). It consists of chicken, pancetta, spring onions (Nigella is obsessed with these things), rosemary, white wine, tomatoes and celery salt. My advice – if you need to substitue anything in this recipe, do so to your heart’s content, but you must use celery salt – this is what provides the dish with a depth of flavour.

We didn’t have any cannellini beans but because she states ‘optional’ we used butter beans instead.

My husband ate this with rice, I had it on its own. We also had enough for leftovers and had the rest for lunch the next day. It’s perfect for UK ‘summer’ weather. Keep warm and dry people!