Green chicken

Chicken with herbs and lime zest

A few weeks ago, one of my followers asked me to make something for her. She said she was into eating healthy, but because of allergies etc., she had a lot of restrictions in her diet. She does not eat dairy, gluten, tomatoes, pork or red meat.

So, with her in mind, I started planning todays dinner. I ended up with this: Chicken breast with a lovely herby ‘sauce’, my potatoe wedges with aioli (this time I made two versions: one with added lime zest and the other with a lovely spice mix for patatas bravas, and fried green beans.

This was a big hit- especially with my husband! We love chili in our house, so the sauce was quite spicy, with a strong taste of lovely lime and coriander- the queen of herbs! 😉

chicken challengeIngredients:

  • Chicken breast- the best you can find, skin on
  • a couple of handfuls of coriander
  • a small handful of oregano
  • zest of one lime
  • green chili- to your own liking
  • approx. 1 dl olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • green beans
  • ingredients for aioli and potato wedges if making 🙂

Green chicken

How to:

If making potato wedges, put them in the oven now.

The chicken breast I used were about 300 grams each. Let them reach room temperature. Season with salt and pepper each on side. Fry in olive oil in a frying-pan on low to medium heat for 15 minutes, then turn and fry for 10 minutes on the other side.

In the meantime, make the ‘sauce’: mix the coriander, oregano, lime zest, chili, olive oil, salt and pepper with a hand-held blender.

Put the sauce in a small plate that fits the chicken breast. When the chicken breast is done, put them in a single layer on top of the sauce and leave to rest for ten minutes. The chicken will be even tastier when left to rest on marinade, sauce or even just chopped herbs and garlic.

Just before serving, fry the green beans in the frying pan with all the lovely juices from the chicken. Cut the chicken in pieces and pour the juices and marinade over. Serve with potato wedges, aioli and the lime for squeezing over the chicken.

Gluten and dairy freeEnjoy!

Plain and simple pasta arribiata

The easiest and best pasta-sauce ever, and a long time friend

This is what I make when I feel really un-inspired, or when the fridge is empty and the food stores are closed. I always try to keep it boiling for around half an hour to make the sweet, deep taste of the tomatoes come through. Also, boiling the tomatoes for this long, increases the lycopene content and making it more healthy in many ways. The only down side is that the vitamin-C level decreases, so sometimes I add raw cherry tomatoes just before serving. Or you can just have a salad on the side or a kiwi for dessert 😉


How to:

  • a couple of cloves of garlic (fresh)
  • lots of chopped chili
  • some chopped onion if you have
  • some nice quality tomato paste if you have

fry gently in olive oil until translucent

  • add a glass of tomato passata or a couple of tins/cans of tomatoes
  • lots of fresh or dried herbs; oregano, thyme, basil (if fresh, leave the basil and oregano til the end of the cooking-time)
  • a pinch of sugar
  • salt and pepper

Boil for as long as you wish. The longer you boil, the deeper the tomato-taste.

  • swirl some nice peppery olive oli on the top before seving

Serve with pasta (I normally use penne, but spaghetti was all I had when making it this time), lots of grated parmesan and pepper. If you have a nice chili-oil, I would put that on the table as well. Some people (like me) just can’t get it hot enough 😉