Italian Spatchcock Chicken with Vine Roasted Tomatoes, Roasted Mozzarella with Herby Breadcrumbs and Italian Leaf Salad with a Grape, Lemon and Balsamic Dressing

By Simon  , , , , ,   

May 9, 2013

This is a quick, very simple and amazing feast. The Mozzarella also makes a delicious, quick snack any time of day!

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 6 Medium


6 Medium Organic Spatchcock Chicken Breasts or two whole Spatchcock Chickens

2 or 3 Cloves Garlic

1 Scattering Dried Oregano

1 Splash Olive oil

10 Medium Fresh Bay Leaves

1 Pinch Salt

1 Scattering Black pepper

6 Small Vine Tomatoes

3 Chunk Buffalo Mozzarellas

1 Handful Handful of Garlic Cloves

1 Handful breadcrumbs

1 Scattering • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

1 Bunch Italian Leaves – mixed

1 Handful Red or Black Grapes

2 Medium Lemons

4 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 Scattering Black pepper


Now……….Get moving……….

For the Chicken

Pre-heat the oven to 180C.  In a roasting tray drizzle Olive Oil add the Spatchcock Chicken and scatter with the Oregano and ripped Bay Leaves.  Add the Garlic Bulbs and season with Salt and Pepper.  Give it all a good toss about and rub the herbs, oil etc into the chicken and garlic bulbs…..massage them, show them your love.  Then roast for approximately 45 mins (for the chicken breasts) until chicken is golden and cooked through.  Halfway through cooking, bung in the tomoatoes, on the vine and scatter them with a little rock Salt so it goes into the crosses.

For the Mozzarella

In a separate roasting dish rip the Mozzarella into nice big chunks, drizzle with Olive Oil.  Add the smashed Garlic cloves and season the Breadcrumbs, with Black Pepper.  Scatter them over the Mozzarella and Garlic.  Now, get involved with your hands and toss the mixture together to coat the Mozzarella.  Roast in the oven at 180C for 15 – 20 mins until melted and golden…..delicious!

 For the Dressing

Smash the 10 Grapes in a Mortar and Pestle.  Add the zest and juice of the Lemons, Black Pepper and a good glug of Balsamic Vinegar.  Mix, then pass through a sieve into an oil jug or bowl.  Half the reserved Grapes and add a few handfuls to the dressing.

To Serve

Place the Italian Leaves in a big salad bowl, serve the Chicken, Tomatoes and Mozzarella straight to the table in the dishes they were cooked in…….Enjoy!!


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