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Creamy sun dried Tomato Chicken

Oval Thermoserver with rice at one end and creamy sundried chicken at the other

I often ask my husband what he wants for dinner, giving him a choice of this or that. Last night I asked, “Do you want creamy chicken or tomato and chicken?” My hubby thought he was being clever with his answer I want it a creamy tomato chicken dish. I realized that sometimes two choices can harmoniously become one. Gotcha! 🤣🤣🤣

Welcome to my kitchen adventure, where creamy chicken meets tomato in an delicious dance of flavors. Created partially in my trusty Thermomix and finished off with a little oven magic, this dish promises to be a showstopper.

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Imagine, if you will, the succulent chicken, gently roasting in my cozy benchtop oven. While the delightful aromas fill the air, my Thermomix becomes the star of the show, whirring up the creamiest flavourful tomato sauce you can think of.

But wait! Let’s not forget the steam! With the Thermomix being a master of multitasking, I didn’t let the billowing clouds of steam escape, but used it to cook some sliced broccoli florets in the Varoma. Why, you might ask? Because sneaking in a bit of green is always a win in my culinary playbook.😉

Brocolli florets.

Do you use your Varoma like that too? It’s like a kitchen partner that never lets you down. Cut the vegetables small enough, and it will cook them to your liking, just right every time. I often find myself reaching for the Varoma whenever a sauce or long-cook recipe is on the menu. It’s like a culinary secret weapon, adding that extra touch of healthy or fun to a meal.

So there we have it! A playful twist on dinner options, that has bags of flavour, and a little Varoma magic because I know a lot of people tell me they just dont use the Varoma often enough.

Close up of creamy sun dried tomato chicken cooking.

What more could you ask for? Try it out and let me know how it goes. Here’s to creativity in the kitchen! 🎉🍗🍅

Oval Thermoserver with rice at one end and creamy sundried chicken at the other

Creamy sun dried Tomato Chicken

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This flavour-packed meal is easy to prepare. Sure, you could cook off the chicken in a frying pan and pour over the sauce, but I love the hands-free cooking the oven-cooked method brings.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Course Dinner
Cuisine Australian
Servings 4
Method Thermomix AND oven / Air fryer

Equipment

  • 1 Thermomix
  • 1 Air fryer (optional)

Ingredients
  

  • 500 – 600 g chicken thigh fillets
  • Olive oil for drizzling or spraying
  • 20 g grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese more if desired
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 30 g extra-virgin olive oil
  • 100 g onion cut into quarters
  • 160 g cream cooking or thickened cream is fine
  • 1 chicken stock pot or similar Chicken stock pot
  • 10 g tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp a herb blend My herb blend or similar
  • ¼ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 60 g sundried tomatoes drained
  • 1 head of broccoli cut into small, evenly sized florets

Instructions
 

Prepare the Chicken:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Trim the chicken thigh fillets to the desired size, spray or drizzle with oil, and place them in a small roasting tray. Once the oven is at temperature, start cooking the chicken while you make the sauce.

Prepare the Sauce:

  • Grate the Cheese: Grate your cheese using your preferred method and set aside.
  • Chop the Garlic: Add garlic cloves to the TM bowl with the MC in place. Chop for 5 seconds at speed 7.
  • Chop the Onion: Add the onion to the TM bowl. Chop for 5 seconds/speed 5. Scrape down.
  • Add the Oil: Weigh in the olive oil in the TM bowl. Cook for 5 minutes/100°C/speed 1.

Prepare the Broccoli:

  • Cut the broccoli into small florets and place them in the Varoma tray, leaving space for steam.

Finish the Sauce:

  • Weigh in the cream, chicken stock, tomato paste, herb blend, and brown sugar into the TM bowl.
  • Set the Varoma in place and steam the broccoli while the sauce is cooking. Check and adjust the cooking time for the broccoli as necessary. Cook for 10 minutes/Varoma/speed 1.
  • Add the Sundried Tomatoes: Remove the lid, scrape down the sides, weigh in the sundried tomatoes. Check and continue cooking the broccoli if needed.

Oven Bake:

  • Remove the chicken from the oven and pour over the sauce, sundried tomatoes, and broccoli. Stir to coat well.
  • Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through. My chicken took around 30 minutes from start to finish, time including before and after the sauce was added.
    Ensure your chicken is cooked through. Time varies based on cut and size.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes and sprinkle the cheese and basil leaves.

Notes

You can use what ever chicken you like for this dish, however I like to choose thighs rather than breast for a quick dish I don’t have time to watch over. It’s very easy to dry chicken breast out and over cook it in a dish like this. If you were to pan fry it rather than bake it then breast would be fine. I used bone in legs in the image. But thigh fillets drumsticks would be equally as easy.

15 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Lovely flavour thanks Bec, but I did forget to add the cheese at the end. Don’t think it needed it though.
    My Broccoli and cauliflower ( I wasn’t serving potatoes) did not cook well at all. I would have thought there wasn’t enough liquid in the bowl to use the Varoma!
    Still nice though. I think the sauce would be nice on salmon. Thanks

    1. There is enough liquid, I’m guessing you may not have cut your veg small enough. Check the image in the photo, the smaller they are the faster they’ll cook.

      1. 4 stars
        I think your right. But as a general question , what is the minimum liquid you can have in the bowl to use the Varoma?
        Thanks Bec

        1. I’ve seen recipes that call for 400g. If you’re just steaming I’d use 500g the more you have the longer it will take. This recipe is partially cooking in steam then finishing off in the oven.

  2. I May have to try this again … I thought you forgot to add the cheese into sauce – so I added it … no wonder it was a little salty 🤭🤭🤭. I added some lemon juice & once pasta was mixed – it wasn’t too bad 😊

      1. The Continental stockpot …. No thermomix here 😳🫣 used exactly everything on the list … only stuff up was adding cheese to sauce 🙄

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