Lemon Thyme Chicken & Mashed Squash

Mothers Day is on 11 May on this side of the world! Just this past week I have come across quite a few mums who have out loud wondered what their mothers day pressie was going to be … most of them wanted something that was thoughtful. One of those thoughtful things to do could be giving mum sometime off from the kitchen, and daddy and kids(if they are older) can put together a meal for mum and the family. I made this recipe for a Mother Daughter saturday that my 2 year old and I had where we watched Frozen, and ate popcorn (her favourite snack ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and then for lunch we had this dish… She also loves chicken a lot, not a meal goes by without her asking for CHICKEN in a really loud voice. She also loves mashed potatoes, but I swapped the potatoes with squash and the thyme definitely shines through

So dads out there! Don’t forget to do something special for the mum this coming weekend. If she’s not into big pressies or a flash outing, make her a home cooked meal, this recipe is really easy, has lots of flavour and your lady will be impressed. It looks real nice on a plate but definitely doesn’t involve a lot of techniques that only masterchefs can follow

Mothers Day is on 11 May on this side of the world! Just this past week I have come across quite a few mums who have out loud wondered what their mothers day pressie was going to be ... most of them wanted something that was thoughtful. One of those thoughtful things to do could be giving mum sometime off from the kitchen, and daddy and kids(if they are older) can put together a meal for mum and the family. I made this recipe for a Mother Daughter saturday that my 2 year old and I had where we watched Frozen, and ate popcorn (her favourite snack ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and then for lunch we had this dish... She also loves chicken a lot, not a meal goes by without her asking for CHICKEN in a really loud voice. She also loves mashed potatoes, but I swapped the potatoes with squash and the thyme definitely shines through So dads out there! Don't forget to do something special for the mum this coming weekend. If she's not into big pressies or a flash outing, make her a home cooked meal, this recipe is really

Summary

    Ingredients

    Lemon Thyme Chicken
    6 chicken thighs
    3 cloves garlic mashed
    1 tablespoon lemon zest
    1 lemon sliced
    2 tbsps olive oil
    1 tsp dried or fresh thyme
    1/4 tsp dried oregano
    to taste Salt and Pepper
    C 200 Preheat the oven to
    Mashed Squash with thyme & mascarpone:
    1 medium to large squash
    4 cloves garlic
    1 tsp thyme
    2 tbsps unsalted better
    3 tbsps milk
    4 tbsps mascarpone cheese
    to taste Salt and pepper
    Olive Oil

    Steps

    1. In a large bowl, mix together the thighs, mashed garlic cloves, the zest, a tbsp of olive oil, thyme, oregano, salt and the pepper. Allow it to marinate for 30mins in the fridge
    2. Pour the left over tbsp of olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet, or if you don’t have an oven safe one, a regular skillet is fine ๐Ÿ™‚
    3. Place the thighs skin side down on the pan and allow it to cook for about 5-6mins. Don’t flip the chicken before that, the skin will get a nice golden brown
    4. Flip the chicken over and add the sliced lemon and allow it to cook for another 7-8mins
    5. If your skillet is oven safe, place it straight in the oven – if not transfer the thighs and everything else into a oven safe dish and allow it to roast for another 20mins
    6. Two options to cook the squash:
    7. A) Chop the squash into small cubes, toss together with some olive oil, salt and pepper and then place on a baking tray evenly (don’t dump it on the tray!) along with the garlic cloves and roast at 200C. 15mins into the baking, add the thyme and continue baking
    8. B) Boil the squash and garlic in a pot of boiling water
    9. Whichever option you go with, once its cooked, mash the squash and the garlic together to your desired consistency. I put it in the food processor for a quick even mash so the two year won’t complain that it wasn’t smooth
    10. While its hot, add the butter, milk and mascarpone and season with the salt and pepper and give it all a good stir. If you have boiled the squash, add the thyme along with these ingredients
    11. If there isn’t mascarpone available where you live, use sour cream, it works fine
    12. When its ready to serve, put some mash on a plate and then the chicken right on top. A salad, some garlic bread will make this complete and will definitely leave everyone extremely satisfied

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