Crispy Za'atar Chicken Thighs with Roast Potatoes and Romesco Sauce

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Step 1.

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Step 2.

Rub the chicken thighs all over with olive oil and plenty of flaky sea salt.

Step 3.

Place a heavy pan over a medium heat and cook the chicken thighs skin side down for about 7 or 8 mins until the skin is golden and crispy. Take off the heat and season with 2 tbsp of za’atar.

Step 4.

Parboil the potatoes for 7 mins in heavily salted water. Drain and shake hard in the colander to rough up the outer surface.

Step 5.

Add 4 tbsp olive oil to a roasting tray and place into the oven. Let it heat up for 5 mins, then add the potatoes and shake well.

Step 6.

Place the chicken thighs skin side up on top of the potatoes and season the skin side with the remaining za’atar. Place the tray into the oven for 20 mins.

Step 7.

Meanwhile, make the romesco sauce.

Step 8.

Toast the blanched almonds for a few minutes in a dry pan over a medium heat. Add to the food processor along with the peppers, tomatoes, garlic, chilli flakes, smoked paprika and a tsp of salt. Blend until emulsified, then drizzle in the oil with the processor running.

Step 9.

On a large serving platter, spread the romesco evenly, top with the roast potatoes and then the chicken. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and a drizzle of olive oil. Best served with a simple green salad.

Adjust the chilli to your liking (or leave it out completely), it’s delicious either way.

6 Chicken Thighs
4 Tbsp Za’atar
1.5kg New Potatoes
For the Romesco
100g Blanched Almonds
2 Roasted Red Peppers (From a jar)
100g Cherry Tomatoes
1 Clove of Garlic
1 Tsp Chilli Flakes
½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
Bunch of Parsley
50ml Olive Oil