Mozzarella Chicken & Veg Bake

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I have a rather large family... when we are together, we are 10 adults and 5 kids to be specific... and whilst I absolutely LOVE cooking and entertaining my family, I have to be quite "wise" when selecting what to prepare as the guys eat like horses and I have limited oven space. lol

On this particular occasion I decided to try something different... Essentially it was a casserole or stew if you prefer, but instead of doing it on a stove top, I thought I would try it in the oven as a bake...

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It was a REALLY easy dish to prepare, which is precisely what I want when the objective of the afternoon is to be having fun with the family!

So I grabbed a rectangular baking dish, and put the first layer of veg in, which was diced baby marrows...

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Added a little chopped basil, lemon thyme and rosemary

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Followed by all the other veg... which consisted of sweet potato, Italian tomatoes, diced carrots and a little onion

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Then I placed the chicken on top of the veg and lightly spiced it. My best pieces are the drumsticks and thighs so that is normally my "go to"

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Then I made a thickening mix which consisted of two heaped tablespoons of flour, a packet of dry chicken soup and about a cup of milk. shake it up until well blended and then pour over the chicken and veg.

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Possibly the YUMMIEST part of it all... was adding the slices of Mozzarella on top of everything... I learnt a cool trick with Mozzarella... because it is quite a soft cheese, it can often be difficult to slice it anything thinner than in doorstop size slices...lol - stick the block of cheese in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before you slice it. Works like a dream every time!

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Bake it at 180 degrees celcius for approx. one hour and voila!!!

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Grubs up folks!

If you do give it a try, I would absolutely LOVE to get your feedback :)

Enjoy!!!!

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Until next time...
Much Love from Cape Town, South Africa xxx
Jaynielea

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looks delicious :)

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Thank you!

Now this is one I will definitely be making, sounds so delicious and super easy. I've made one where you put raw rice into base, top with sauteed mushrooms, onions and peppers, chicken pieces -thighs and drums certainly the best;) topped with mushroom soup powder and chicken stock mix, also nice and easy but your version will be kinder for the carb conscious family members;)

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It really is both of the above @lizelle! Oh and yours sounds AMAZING! I will have to give that a go when Jude is not around... he DETESTS mushrooms lol!

Bookmarked and I will speak to the boss in the kitchen most urgently my friend.
I love stews and casseroles (thank you spell checker) and I am not a great eater, but we can cut the ingredients way down, as there's always only two of us.
Blessings!

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yes... easy enough to minimise that dish... pretty self explanatory and also, not a hard and fast recipe, so just have fun with it! :)

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Already made it, but didn't stick to the baking time, or our oven gets too hot as formed a hard crust over the top and the veggies turned out watery. Lol
Next time will reduce the baking time.
Here's a picture of our hard bake hahaha
Blessings!

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Even this was delicious.

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That looks pretty darn good @papilloncharity! So stoked that you actually tried it!!! :D You might find that adding a powdered thickener into the roasting pan at the start may help.

How come you're so good..you're like, amazing...

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hehehehe thanks @wales. I guess, much like the things you are passionate about, so am I :)

Oh my! 10 adults and 5 kids! That explains the ocean of zucchini and full platters of absolutely mouth-watering food :) Keep it up!

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lol yip! And that did not go very far haha!

Its looking super delicious!

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Thank you!!!! And thanks also for the tip - Really appreciate it!

Oh and yes browned to perfection. You sure know your way around the kitchen! Well done.

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Thanks @old-guy-photos :) I really love cooking. It is an art all on it's own!

This looks fantastic, @jaynie! I can’t wait to try it!

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hehe thanks love :) It was pretty good, even if I do say so myself :D

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hahaha thanks :) I have used your tag in my latest post. Thank you very much for the curation @jasonbu - much appreciated!

As soon as I read the title and saw mozzarella, I knew this was a food post for me!

Where as some people say "everything tastes better with bacon", I say Nope... use cheese!

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hahaha yeah I am with you on the cheese part! Although the both together.... even better LOL!

I hate your posts. I get so hungry afterwards and I have almost no food in my house ever!

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WAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!! I am literally canning myself right now! (that means laughing - just in case the lingo is not international lol) I am sorry, not sorry :P You DEFINITELY shouldnt look at my last post then either LOL!!! Oh man... my tummy hurts from laughing already! :D

Browned to perfection, full of wholesome goodness, that looks finger licking good @jaynie

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Pleased to say that yes, it did go down really well Joan :D

It certainly is easy enough and would feed a lot of people. Great job!

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Yes, a total win win!! :D

Looks delicious - I love those one pan casseroles. And thanks for the tip about freezing the cheese before slicing!

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haha pleasure! That little secret has proven VERY useful many times!