Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

You know when life is being difficult, and the kids are screaming, and its witching hour, and it’s also feeding time at the zoo, it’s been the longest day of your life, payday seems ages away - and you haven’t even thought about dinner?! Well home girls I have you covered!

We always try so hard to stick to the stupid grocery budget, which I was never really able to do, until Countdown’s Price Lockdown made it so much easier to find the best deal and shop affordably. So to celebrate low chicken prices everyday, I’m sharing this Apricot Chicken recipe I made the other night. It got some serious thumbs-up in our house, well neither kid has mastered the thumbs up but they both ate it all so that’s a good sign, right?! It’s my new go-to when my life is a mess and I have to feed my children a decent meal. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s bloody good and the Whanau demolished it!

I am a lover of apricot and chicken together on a plate. My mum used to make this wicked apricot chicken casserole thing when I was a kid, and since I’ve been out in the big bad world on my own I haven’t attempted to make it - so when I found this recipe I was all “I must try it!

So I guess this is my take on an old classic! I’m also a massive fan of one pot wonders, so the fact that I can just throw this all together in a pan and whip it into the oven is a huge plus. I did all my shopping for this recipe at Countdown and really took advantage of their amazing specials. Basically they have a bunch of products that they have committed to keeping locked down (and no I’m not talking about locking down a bad boyfriend), I’m talking about wrangling every day products down to a good price and keeping them there.

Keep an eye out for the big red padlock Price Lockdown logo when you’re browsing the shelves or scouring the Countdown website. It’ll will let you know if it’s part of the Lockdown scheme - which makes it super bloody easy to eat well within the budget.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour


·      800g free range chicken breast (skinless, boneless)

·      ½ cup Select Apricot Jam

·      3 tbsp Select Wholegrain Mustard

·      2 tsp Homebrand Worcestershire Sauce

·      1 tbsp Select Lemon Juice

·      2x tbsp Select Olive Oil

·      1x kumara

·      40g pumpkin

·      2x courgettes

·      2x potatoes

·      1x red onion

·      2x garlic cloves


1.     Pre-heat the oven to 200°C

2.     Chuck a pot of water on the stove, bring to boil with a little salt

3.     Cube the veges into roasting size, and pop in the boiling water

4.     Heat oil in the frying pan, add chicken and pan fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown, then take off the heat

5.     When the vegetables are starting to soften (but not mashable soft) drain the water and shake the pot a bit to roughen up the vegetables

6.     Turn out into the oven pan, bake for 30 – 40 minutes, or until crispy and golden

7.     Meanwhile mix the apricot jam, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice in a bowl to create a sauce

8.     Spread mixture over the chicken, then add to the pan with the roasting veges

9.     Return to the oven for 15 minutes or until everything is looking golden

10.  Serve with your favourite seasonal greens (we chose broccoli because the kids love those little green trees!)

That’s it guys, my Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, give it a go – it’s delicious!

B xx