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Bites Fil Beit Ramadan: Sodoor ferakh bel batates makhbooza – Baked chicken breast and potatoes

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Ramadan offers a whole new challenge to cooking Egyptian food. The breaking of the fast, iftar, is the main menu of the day and consists of an array of dishes. Traditionally the meal starts with juice, to prepare the stomach for the feast that is to come, and a savoury soup. Appetisers are up next, followed by a main course and a sweet dessert completes the meal.

Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Bites Fil BeitDrink:                    Yogurt drink

Soup:                    Chicken soup

Salad:                    Cucumber salad with yogurt

Appetiser:           Cheese sambousak

Main course:      Meat rolls with eggs

Baked chicken breasts and potatoes

Freek with meat

Dessert:               Marble cake

 

Ingredients

  • 1 kg chicken breasts – so-door fe-rakh
  • 1/2 kg potatoes, cut in thick slices – ba-ta-tes
  • 2 tbsp garlic, crushed – tom
  • ½ cup vegetable oil – zeit na-ba-ty
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice – a-seer la-moon
  • 1/2 cup water – may-ya
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon – er-fa
  • 2 tbsp thyme – za-tar
  • salt and pepper – malh and fel-fel


Directions

  • Heat the oven on 180C.
  • Wash the chicken breasts and put them in a large bowl.
  • Add the potato slices, crushed garlic, cinnamon, thyme, pepper and salt. Mix well.
  • Place the seasoned chicken breasts and potato slices in a baking pan; pour the lemon juice and the vegetable oil over the mixture. Cover the tray with aluminium foil.
  • Bake in the oven at medium heat for about one hour or until the potatoes are well cooked.
  • Once cooked remove the aluminium foil and put the pan back in the oven until the chicken turns golden.
  • Serve immediately in the same pan or serving plate

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