One Tray Chicken & Broccoli with Blue Cheese Dressing

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One Tray Chicken & Broccoli with Blue Cheese Dressing

My favourite way to cook weeknight dinners at the moment is to pop some meat and veg in a tray in the oven, set my timer and then do something else until dinner time. It’s about as low-stress as cooking can be. Plus you end up with a really delicious and satisfying meal.

I love this blue cheese dressing. It’s wonderful as a main meal here but you could also serve it as a dip when it’s time for a snack. I love it with a punchy gorgonzola piccante, but any blue cheese will be delicious.

enough for: 2
takes 30 minutes

4 chicken thigh fillets or 2 breasts
2 heads broccoli
200mL (3/4 cup) sour cream
150g (5oz) blue cheese, at room temp
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Preheat your oven to 250C (480F). Slice chicken into bite sized strips and broccoli into bite sized pieces. Toss in a roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil and scatter over some salt.

2. Cover with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the broccoli is tender.

3. While the chicken and broccoli is cooking smash together the sour cream and blue cheese with a fork. Or for a smoother dressing use a stick blender. Taste and add lemon juice as needed.

4. Serve chicken and broccoli with dressing in a bowl on the side or just slather it on top!

Wine Match: A crisp dry white like Pinot Gris or Riesling.

Variations & Substitutions

vegetarian – skip the chicken and serve with roast walnuts, almonds (or other nuts), or cooked chickpeas or cooked grains like brown rice, farro or quinoa.

more veg / prettier – feel free to use any of your favourite roasting veg. Cauliflower is good, but eggplant / zucchini / capsicum (bell peppers) would all work. Toss in some salad leaves or fresh herbs like flat leaf parsley at the end if you want a leafier

more substantial – serve with roast nuts or use more chicken.

carb-lovers – toss in cooked pasta or grains before serving. Sweet potato would be another good veg option it will just take a little longer to cook.

more summery – serve the dressing with crisp sliced iceberg lettuce.

paleo (grain, legume & dairy-free) – replace blue cheese and sour cream with garlicky mayo.

Prepare Ahead

The broccoli can be roasted ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or frozen. Personally I’m not a fan of reheated chicken so I wouldn’t cook the chicken in advance. The dressing can be made up to a week ahead and stored in the fridge but don’t freeze it. Allow dressing to come to room temp before using.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

chicken thigh fillets or breasts – freeze them.

broccoli – will keep wrapped in a plastic bag in the fridge for about 2 weeks or sometimes a little longer. Can be frozen (if you have time chop before freezing so it will defrost quickly in the pan).

sour cream / blue cheese – best to use for another meal.

lemon – whole lemon will keep wrapped in a plastic bag in the fridge for months.

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Samantha Jewett November 7, 2017

Made this for dinner last night subbing leftover roast beef for the chicken and Greek yogurt for the sour cream. Delicious! I’m really enjoying roasting veg at a high temp. Great suggestion.

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jules November 8, 2017

Love your substitutions Samantha!
Yum

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