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Jamie’s 15 minute meals: Gorgeous Greek Chicken with Herby Vegetable Couscous & Tzatziki

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Jamie's 15 minute meals: Gorgeous Greek Chicken with Herby Vegetable Couscous & Tzatziki

I had a realisation when I was in Melbourne last weekend. I came to the conclusion that when traveling, calories or coins don’t count. How so? I hear you ask. Firstly Natalie and I stopped before the second day of the conference so Natalie could grab a coffee. I eyed off a chocolate muffin and remarked, “Calories don’t count when you’re away from home, do they?”

We laughed and agreed that they don’t. And I bought the muffin, guilt-free.

And then on the way home at the airport I walked into a stationery shop {never, ever a good idea} and I spent a little bit of money. I have a thing about airport shops, they have this mysterious allure for me. I’m usually pretty particular about money, but without a second thought I bought a few magazines, a puzzle book and the new Jamie Oliver cookbook. I knew that I could get the cookbook cheaper online, but I was in an airport so money doesn’t count. Or something like that.

When Jamie Oliver released his cookbook last year with meals that take 30 minutes to make, I took on the challenge and whipped one up – and made it in 30 minutes. I chose the hottest day of the year, I remember. It was sweltering.

I again chose the hottest day possible {you’d think I’d learn!} and tested out a recipe from his newest cookbook Jamie’s 15 minute meals. I gave the Gorgeous Greek Chicken a whirl. In order to make it within the 15 minutes Jamie says to get the ingredients out on the bench, boil your kettle, put your large frying pan on high heat and get your food processor out.

And start your clocks…



1 cup of couscous
2 capsicums {red and yellow}
1 fresh red chilli {I left this out so Lacey would eat it}
4 spring onions {shallots}
1/2 a bunch of fresh dill {I left this out too – I don’t like dill}
200g of frozen peas
1 small handful of black olives – stones in {I left these out too – not a fan}
40g feta cheese


2 x 200g skinless chicken breast
1 heaped teaspoon of dried oregano
1 tsp ground allspice {I left this out too}
1/2 lemon
olive oil


1/2 a cucumber
250g fat-free natural yoghurt
1/2 a lemon
1/2 bunch of fresh mint


♥ Put 1 cup of couscous and 2 cups of boiling water into a bowl with a pinch of salt and cover.
♥ On a large piece of baking paper, place the chicken and sprinkle with salt, pepper, oregano, allspice {if using} and finely grated lemon zest. Fold the paper over and bash to flatten the chicken to 1.5cm thick with a rolling pin. The bottom of a saucepan does this well too.
♥ Put into the frying pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Turn after 3-4 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.
♥ Grate the cucumber. Sprinkle with salt and then squeeze the excess water out with your hands over the sink. Make sure your hands are clean. Place cucumber into a small bowl with the yoghurt, juice of 1/2 lemon and a pinch of pepper. Finely chop the mint and add. Mix together.
♥ Remove the stalks and seeds from the capsicums. Pulse in the food processor. Add the spring onions and dill and pulse until finely chopped. I couldn’t be bothered cleaning out the food processor just for this, so I chopped them roughly instead.
♥ Scatter capsicum, dill and spring onion over a large platter.
♥ Blanche the peas in some of the boiled water. Drain and scatter over platter. Destone the olives and tear them, scatter those over as well. Squeeze the other half of the lemon over the mix and drizzle the 2 tbs of olive oil.
♥ Fluff up the couscous with a fork and scatter on top of the platter. Toss well and season to taste.
♥ Place the cooked chicken on a board and slice it up. Lay it around the couscous. Scatter over the feta.
♥ Serve with the tzatziki.

I have to say that this was tougher than the 3o minute meal I made, but I only went 1 minute over. It was bloody delicious. Flavour sensation. Lacey didn’t like it, but Hubby and I gobbled it up for lunch.

Do you like recipes that are quick to make? Or do you like meals that take it slow? Do you think you could do it in 15 minutes?