13 June 2012

Jamie Oliver 30 min meal: Piri Piri Chicken recipe (8 May 2011)

Testing the 30 minute limit

My brother Patrick (pictured above) attempted to follow and cook a 30 minute meal recipe by Jamie Oliver for Piri Piri Chicken (Series 1 Episode 1 on Channel 4) which included smashed potatoes with feta and parsley, rocket salad with lemon dressing and a very clever technique of portuguese tarts for dessert. Now 30 minutes is a very tempting proposition for a tasty meal for those who find themselves too busy to cook a meal at home but I have my doubts that many people could actually finish this recipe in 30 minutes, especially as a first attempt. Patrick worked furiously in the kitchen as you'll see in the video below trying to follow the recipe instructions on his iPad. I could see it was difficult to watch, listen, prepare and cook all at the same time without having to pause the recipe but I guess once you've done it once the next time should be quicker so perhaps 30 minutes is achievable. Keep in mind the 30 minutes does not include getting all your pots and pans ready and the inevitable washing up after. In the end the meal was very tasty and the family very satisfied with Patrick's cooking — we'd love to have it again. Definitely a meal everyone could do although realistically I'd probably allow a more leisurely hour to complete including a couple of glasses of wine in the process. 

PROS: Basic ingredients and cooking techniques resulting in healthy and tasty dishes
CONS: I think you actually have to be Jamie Oliver to finish the recipe in 30 minutes or at least have done it a couple of times first to know the recipe well, Trying to listen and watch the recipe while preparing and cooking it can be very challenging, Cleaning and washing up after
MUST TRY: Discovering other Jamie Oliver recipes
VERDICT: It's always easier if someone else cooks for you
Get ready to cook

Time starts now: 6.30 pm
Cooking up the chicken
Making the portuguese tarts

Filling the portuguese tarts

Adding caramel to the tops of the portuguese tarts

Smokey kitchen — 20 minutes gone

Making the Piri Piri sauce

Chicken ready for the oven
Chicken cooked in the piri piri sauce
OOPS, someone left the label on the capiscum

Putting together the smashed potatoes with feta and parsley
Final time taken 47 minutes
Let's eat!
Piri Piri Chicken

Smashed potatoes with feta and parsley
Rocket salad with lemon dressing
Portuguese tarts
The aftermath for washing and cleaning


Richard Elliot said...

Great work Patrick!!! I wish I was there to have a taste.

Not sure what my mum would say about you taking the Portuguese tarts out of the oven and putting the hot tin straight on the worktop! ;-)

Awesome video as well Simon.

Eccles said...

Looked fantastic! The aftermath photos made me want to cry and laugh at the same time. Thank god for dishwashers.

Nic@diningwithastud said...

47 minutes is still a pretty good effort for all that food :) good job guys!

Vivian - vxdollface said...

haha good effort

Distant Thunder Whisky Club said...

Good to see it fully documented.

I bought this book for my Mother-in-law to start cooking again. She has never done a complete meal but picking and choosing bits still works a treat in 30min.

Prep time is the killer.

Nice try!

sugarpuffi said...

nicely done! i could never cook up something like that in 47 mins

Sara - Belly Rumbles said...

47 minutes is a great result for Patrick, well done!

Nina Munchen said...

Hi Simon,
I tried this today ! It works!
My family like the piri piri chicken so much! Thank you for making me look like a professional cooker. :)
Hey, do you mind submitting your piri piri chicken photos to http://www.foodporn.net to make others hungry?
You know it’s fun to do that. LOL. Hey, probably they would do this recipe too. :)

tania@mykitchenstories said...

Poor Jamie everyone is giving him heaps at the moment..... still you managed to cook up a feast in the time that it took. Very nice documenting

Simon Leong said...

hi richard, he's got a stone bench top so all was good. thanks for the positive feedback on the video :-)

hi eccles, and thankfully patrick had a dishwasher to help out.

hi nic, hopefully next time will be even quicker.

hi vivian, thanks

hi distant thunder whisky club, prep time and cleaning up time is always the killer while eating is the best part

hi sugarpuffi, i'm sure you could if you put your mind to it but i tend to like when other people cook

hi sara, so glad the recipes work as well

hi nina, glad to hear your family enjoyed the piri piri chicken

hi tania, he seemed like such a nice guy on MasterChef Australia the other week. one day I hope to meet him. he sounds like a very generous man.

Ian said...

Wow wow wow wow wow

sagirl said...

Thanks for the tips! Jamie mentions using a liquidiser to do the peri sauce in this show. Is that the same as just a standard blender here in Australia?

Simon Leong said...

hi sagirl, i'm pretty sure a liquidiser is the same thing as a blender

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