A Delicious Recipe for Winter from Diana Henry

Posted on 18th November 2019 by Mark Skinner

Diana Henry, the acclaimed cook whose From the Oven to the Table has proved one of the stand-out cookbooks of 2019, shares a quick and accessible recipe for delicious Chicken and Cauliflower 'Nduja. 


The work here is done in about eight minutes flat and the end result is totally moreish. I cook this a lot. You need to toss the elements around a few times during the cooking – to make sure the cauliflower colours all over – but that’s it. Add red onion wedges, too, if you want. ’Nduja is a spicy, spreadable Calabrian salami; get it online or from good Italian delis.

serves 4

8 good-sized skin-on bone-in chicken thighs, excess skin neatly trimmed

1 medium cauliflower, broken into florets

450g (1lb) baby waxy potatoes, scrubbed, then halved or quartered, depending on size

75g (2¾oz) ’nduja, broken into nuggets

6 thyme sprigs

3 tablespoons olive oil

sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

green salad, or bitter leaves, to serve

Preheat the oven to 190°C fan (400°F), Gas Mark 6.

Put all the ingredients in a roasting tin or a broad , shallow casserole about 30cm (12in) across, season and toss around with your hands. The chicken should finish skin side up. Make sure the nuggets of ’nduja aren’t lying on top, or they’ll burn.

Roast for 40-45 minutes, turning everything over about 3 times during the cooking. The ’nduja partly melts and you need to ensure it gets well mixed in. Towards the end of the cooking time, it’s good to spoon the bits of ’nduja over the chicken, as it gives it a lovely colour. The potatoes should be tender when pierced with a sharp knife and the chicken cooked through. Serve with a green salad or bitter leaves.


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