Jamie Oliver’s Herb & Lemon Chicken with Sweetcorn Mash


I am an avid iPhone user, and an equally avid app collector. Apps for recipes, with instructions, are becoming very common and almost all of the big names in food have started putting them out.

Jamie Oliver is no exception. I cooked this tonight for no other reason than I was in the supermarket, scrolling through recipes, looking for something quick. This came to my attention and it was both quick and very nice. I confess I am not sure of my legal right to post this but I am actually documenting the making of and at the same time recommending you purchase this app.


Now, here is how I made it, with some substitutions to my own taste. As always, excuse non-professional photography done with one hand while trying to stir or chop with the other…

Ingredients for two people
1 Ib new potatoes (I used Australian Reds)
2 tomatoes
Handful basil leaves
2 or 3 shallots (depending upon size)
1 Fresh chilli minus the seeds
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 chicken breasts, no skin or bone
1 lemon
100g frozen sweetcorn
1 knob butter
Olive oil
Virgin olive oil
Sea salt

First, put on a pan of water and bring to the boil.

boiling water

Bring pan of water to the boil

Slice the potatoes in half.


Slice potatoes in half

And (don’t be too surprised) add the potatoes to the water! Set your timer for 15 minutes.


Set the timer for 15 minutes

Meanwhile, cut up your tomatoes, cut chilli and peeled shallots into chunks, and pick the basil leaves.

salsa ingredients

The ingredients for the salsa

Now, hand chopping this would be prettier but I am lazy so into the food processor they go.

food processor

Slice and dice

And once they are chopped, put them in a bowl and a splash of olive oil and the red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I recommend you taste, then season, then taste. Put this aside for later.

glug glug

Add the olive oil, and don't be shy with it

Now, lets turn to the chicken. Make cuts on the underside in a criss cross. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

scored chicken

Scored on the underside

Now, turn the chicken over. Sprinkle with thyme leaves, the zest of a lemon, and drizzle some olive oil.

seasoned chicken

Seasoned Chicken

Next, cover the board, and the chicken, with a layer of cling film. Grab a rolling pin or heavy pan and smack them until they are no more than a centimeter thick.

There is a good chance your potatoes are almost done now, in which case you can dump the corn into the pan with them.

corn and potato

add the corn to the cooked potatoes

Now heat a frying pan on high heat. When the frying pan is hot, drop the heat to medium, add a splash of olive oil and add the chicken.

chicken in the pan

Chicken in the pan

Cook the chicken for about 3 minutes a side.

Meanwhile, drain the potatoes in a colander and leave in there to steam off for a while.

steam potatoes

Let the potatoes and corn steam

Dump a knob of butter in the still hot pan.

knob of butter

Knob of butter in the pan

After the potatoes have steamed for a couple of minutes, dump them back into the pan, add pinches of salt and pepper, and then mash up.


Mashed potato

Now, put some mash on the plate, add some chicken, and then spoon over some of the salsa you made earlier. Squeeze over some lemon juice. Lastly, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil.

lemon herb chicken

Lemon and herb chicken on a bed of mash with sweetcorn

Now go eat it. Wife tested and approved.

3 Responses to “Jamie Oliver’s Herb & Lemon Chicken with Sweetcorn Mash”

  1. Jayne says:

    i made it for lunch yesterday. very yummy, quick and easy.

  2. Lauren says:

    this recipe is simply amazing! the flavours go together really well! i was gutted when my fiancee deleted the app off his iphone months ago as i couldnt remember the recipe but now here it is 🙂 ymu yum yum thank you!

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