Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Deadline recipes: Kate Hardy’s deadline chicken-and-tomato casserole

I have to admit, we’ve eaten a version of this rather a lot over the last week or so, while I’ve been sorting out my revisions. But it’s an easy, cook in one pot recipe. And an even quicker version is to prepare everything, not bother browning the chicken, shove the lot in a casserole dish and bake it in the oven at 180 degrees for an hour and a half (just the right amount of time to cook a jacket potato, too…).

What you need to serve 4:

500g diced chicken
1 tbs olive oil
1 red onion, peeled and sliced
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
1 small courgette (zucchini), topped, tailed and cut into small dice
1 x 400g can of chopped tomatoes in juice

Then the options: tarragon, basil or paprika (depending if you want it to be French, Italian, or Hungarian in flavour).

Heat the oil in a pan; add the chicken, garlic and onion (plus paprika, if desired) and stir until the chicken’s browned.

Add the can of tomatoes with their juice and the rest of the veg, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Five minutes before the end, add the herbs (if using – and if you’re on deadline it doesn’t really matter if you forget).

I normally have accompanying veg in the electric steamer while it’s cooking, so I don’t have to think about it – all I need is the kitchen timer to remind me to move from my desk.

It goes well with couscous (which takes about five minutes to prepare), jacket potatoes, rice, pasta, new potatoes... pretty much anything!


In the US, you can still get a copy of The Doctor’s Royal Love Child (in the first Penhally series); The Fireman and Nurse Loveday (in the first St Piran’s series) is still available on the Mills & Boon website and is in shops in Australia and New Zealand right now.
You can find out more about these books, and Kate, on her website (http://www.katehardy.com/) and her blog (http://katehardy.blogspot.com/)


  1. Hi Kate,

    This is a slightly different from how I cook chicken all the time. Thanks for the recipe.

    And St Piran's: The Fireman and Nurse Loveday is a fabulous story.

    This is part of my review of it as it is posted on Amazon and other sites ...

    "It was a sweet love story. The passion and sensuality in their love-making was very touching." and...

    "The depth of characterization and intense emotional scenes amid the medical and fire fighting drama made this story believable."

  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe, sounds delicious.