red chicken

One benefit of the school holidays is that I’m not rushing around doing school pick up in the afternoon. So I’m spending a little longer in the kitchen on dinner. And everyone is enjoying the benefits since it means trying new things. And if is there is one thing my little ones love for dinner – it’s chicken. I found this recipe in Monday Morning Cooking Club and knew I had to give it a go. I had no idea how popular it would be. Finn had 3 bowls – yes 3! It’s economical, easy to make and super tasty. And once you’ve got all the condiments in your fridge and pantry then you can make it again and again.

1/2 cup plain flour
1 tsp smoked or sweet paprika
2 medium chickens
oil for frying

1 Tbsp brown sugar (2Tbsp if using canned tomatoes)
1tsp tabasco
200ml tomato sauce (or 300g canned diced tomatoes)
2 tsps worcestersire sauce
1 cup water (use slightly less if using canned tomatoes)
2 tsp dijon mustard
1Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 cup white vinegar (I used apple cidar vinegar)
1 onion finely sliced

2 Chickens
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Cut each chicken into 6-8 pieces. Mix the flour, paprika, salt and pepper and pour over the chicken and coat the chicken well. You can do this in a bag. Heat oil in a large frying pan on high and fry your chicken. Mmmmmmm make sure it’s crispy on each side. It starts to smell good and the kids will be asking if it’s ready yet. It’s not. Now you’re not cooking your chicken completely just getting each side nice and brown and crispy.

Red Chicken

Place chicken in an ovenproof dish. Make up the sauce in a small bowl and pour all over the chicken. Cover the chicken with foil or a lid and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil/ lid and bake a further 30 minutes. I boiled some rice during the second 30 minute cooking time. Your chicken should be cooked right through and your sauce will continue to thicken up once removed from the oven.

Red Chicken
This makes a huge dish with 12-16 pieces of chicken so you might get some leftovers…..if you’re lucky! But definitely give this a go as I know you’re going to love it.
p.s sorry for the photos! Just as I went to photograph my lovely crispy chicken I realised that my camera was out of battery!


  1. Just what I’ve been looking for Corrie, tried and tested meals, that kids enjoy! In a bit of a meal time rut again, so very much appreciate this inspiration… and it looks delicious! xo

  2. That looks great, Corrie. I might give it a go. What is so sauce?

  3. That looks like a dish my Mum used to make when we were kids. It was yum. I can’t ask her what recipe she used (she passed away a while ago) so I am going to try this one. Thanks.

  4. that looks so yum think will have to try soon getting hungry just reading

  5. Another good recipe to try Corrie. Thanks for putting some spice into our weekly menu!

  6. Yum, yum and more yum. My 11yo gave it 10/10 so it is a winner dish! Thank you for sharing…

  7. finally gave this a go. Sadly it wasnt a hit. Oh well more leftovers for the grownups

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