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Chicken stuffed with Feta and Tomatoes

25 Jun

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This meal was inspired by the gorgeous Mediterranean flavours I ate in Crete, and in my opinion it is absolutely delicious!

It’s not the cheapest thing on the planet but it’s not too pricey, and for a special treat it’d be perfect. It’s a really quick and easy meal to make and it’s super tasty – just a few minutes preparation, cook, and then eat!

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for a day or two, but keep in the fridge and make sure the chicken is piping hot.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £2.17 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 75g (approx) feta cheese
  • Small handful of tomatoes
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cut a slit into the centre of the chicken breast, cutting almost to the end and close to both sides so that you have lots of room for the filling.

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3) Stuff the chicken breast with chopped tomatoes, crumbled feta and torn up basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle a little more basil on the outside of the chicken.

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4) Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the juices run clear. Serve with a salad for a light, summery meal.

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Crete

24 Jun

I recently went on holiday to the Greek island of Crete, which was totally amazing. Greece is surprisingly poor for an EU country, but still astonishingly beautiful.

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The food there was awesome; classically Mediterranean, with lots of vegetables. A lot of the food was quite light, as you don’t want stodgy food in the heat! I’m going to be trying out some Greek-inspired recipes soon, but in the meantime here are a few favourites of mine.P1060528

Gyros kebab meat with tzatziki and pitta bread. Gyro meat is popular throughout Greece, Turkey and much of the Middle East. It’s a great combination, as the tzatziki makes the meat taste far less heavy and much fresher. I imagine it’d be really nice with some roasted vegetables added in with the meat as well.

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Saganaki, a type of fried cheese, which has several regional variations. It’s a very simple flavour, with just the cheese and the lemon (if you add it), but so delicious and moreish. It’s quite similar in taste to halloumi, but it has a much gooier texture inside and a crunchy, flaky texture on the outside.

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A Greek salad, which usually includes tomatoes (under the other vegetables in this picture), onions, olives, cucumber and feta cheese, dressed with olive oil and seasoned with oregano and pepper. This particular salad also includes carrots. It’s a fresh and simple dish which is easy to make and great for when you fancy something both healthy and tasty, and also ridiculously easy – no cooking time required!

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Loukoumades are a deep-fried pastry soaked in honey and cinnamon, or sometimes sugar syrup. In Ancient Greece they were served to the winners of the Olympics. I’m not sure how easy they’d be to make as they’re deep fried, but they’re so ridiculously tasty. I don’t usually like cinnamon but these were amazing!

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