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    Chicken, pancetta and pea pasta bake

    In this clever traybake, the dry pasta goes straight into the roasting tin and cooks with everything else.

    Preparation time: 5 minutes
    Cooking time: 50 minutes
    Total time: 55 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    77g smoked pancetta lardons
    300g No.1 ditaloni rigati pasta
    4 chicken thigh fillets
    500ml fresh chicken stock
    1 tbsp essential white wine vinegar
    320g essential frozen peas
    2 essential little gem lettuces, trimmed and cut into thick wedges
    30g parmigiano reggiano, grated, plus extra to serve
    3 tbsp half fat crème fraîche
    1/3 x 25g pack chives, finely chopped 

    Method

    1 Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Put the pancetta in a deep, flameproof roasting tin and cook in the oven for about 5 minutes until crisp. Meanwhile, put the kettle on. Carefully transfer the roasting tin to the hob over a medium heat. Stir the pasta into the pancetta, then add the chicken thighs, stock and 200ml boiling water, so the pasta is just submerged. Bring to the boil, take off the heat and cover tightly with foil. Transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring and turning the chicken halfway through.

    2 Lift the chicken onto a board. Mix the vinegar, peas and lettuce into the tin. Bake, uncovered, for 5-8 minutes, until the lettuce has wilted. Meanwhile, shred the chicken with two forks.

    3 Take the tin out of the oven; stir in the chicken, cheese, crème fraîche and most of the chives; season. Top with more cheese, the remaining chives and plenty of black pepper, then serve.

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