Oven-roasted Chicken with Curried Pumpkin [Recipe]

So I whipped up some lunch for Lil Pea, with spices and herbs he likes. Yes, a custom job! And no, there isn’t chilli.

Just let me say this – this is YUMMY. Heh. #humblebrag

Using the oven and electric steamer are top choices for me, because it means I don’t have to slave at the stove. Who wants to do that when there are diapers that need changing and little boys who need dancing?! Chuck it in to cook and literally forget about it.

I use fusili that’s made of brown rice and quinoa from iHerb for a more nutritious and gluten-free option. My organic spices and herbs are from the same place. (You can save $5-$10 off your first order from iherb by using this promo code LGF536 at checkout. Shipping to Singapore is only $4 up to 6.3kg. Worst kept secret in Sg, I gather!) 

Ingredients:

Fillet of chicken thigh or breast (I prefer thigh, it’s juicier and tastier)

Pumpkin

Half an onion

Two cloves of garlic

Spinach

Dash of olive oil or extra virgin coconut oil

Pasta (I use brown rice/quinoa fusili)

Bell peppers, courgette, tomatoes (if you want to glam it up or really impress your baby)

 

Spices/herbs:

Paprika

Turmeric

Cumin

Nutmeg

Basil (dried or fresh)

 

To cook:

Preheat your oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20min.

In a baking tray, add a dash of olive oil or coconut oil to the chicken, onion, crushed garlic, and chunks of pumpkin and whatever veg that pleases you (cut into cubes or wedges, depending on what baby prefers).

Add the spices and herbs. Go easy on the turmeric, cumin and nutmeg.

Turmeric is slightly bitter and cumin is really strong tasting even if there’s just a pinch.

Toss the meat and veg in the oil-and-spices mixture. Let it sit for a while to soak in the goodness. Don’t sweat it even if it’s just a few minutes. Let the paprika (I love this spice for an instant perk-me-up in cooking) do its job. It’s tasty even without marinating for a few hours!

Cover the tray with a lid or aluminum foil and chuck it into the oven for 20-25min.

My trusty enamel self-basting baking tray

Meanwhile, you can boil your pasta of choice at the same time. Follow cooking instructions on packet. I added a dash of olive oil and some dried basil to the water the pasta’s cooking in.

I lifehacked cooking the pasta by steaming it in a bowl of water in my electric steamer  (by this I mean my electric two-tier lunchbox) so that I don’t have to watch the stove 🙂 It works! I steamed it for 25min using this method. Oh, and I use fusili cos the grooves make it easy for the little fingers to grasp.

The last 10min of your cooking time, add to the second tier of your steamer the serve of spinach.

Now go play with your baby. Or change a diaper. Or teach your LO the chicken dance.

Let the food cool before serving it to your hungry little one.

Oh mummy, it’s yummy.

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