• 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 organic chicken, jointed
  • 1 bulb of garlic, separated into unpeeled cloves
  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 150ml/5fl oz/scant 2?3 cup chicken stock
  • 400g/14oz tinned artichoke hearts, drained
  • ground black pepper

This is such an easy recipe. Everything is simply placed in a roasting pan and slow cooked in the oven, creating an amazing spicy, lemony flavour. Serve leftovers cold for lunch the next day with salad. Globe artichokes are an excellent source of dietary fibre, magnesium and the trace mineral chromium, which is important for balancing blood sugar.

  • Preheat the oven to 160°C/315°F/Gas 2-3.
  • Mix together the paprika, sumac and olive oil in a small bowl. Put the chicken pieces in a roasting tin and add the garlic cloves, lemon quarters and thyme. Pour over the paprika oil and rub it all over the chicken pieces. Drizzle over the stock and season with pepper. Cover the roasting tin with foil and roast for 2 hours.
  • Remove the foil from the roasting tin, add the artichoke hearts and turn up the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Roast for a further 30 minutes until the chicken is golden and cooked through, then serve.

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Nutritional information per serving:
Protein 33.2g Carbohydrate 1.4g, of which sugars 0.6g
Fat 27.8g, of which saturates 7g Kcals 387

By Zita West, Eat Yourself Pregnant

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About The Author

Midwife & Fertility Expert

Fertility and Pregnancy Expert Zita West is the leading pregnancy, birth and fertility expert in the UK. She is a practising midwife with 35 years' experience and runs her own hugely successful clinic for natural and IVF birth - the only clinic in the UK to specialise in an integrated approach, combining mainstream medicine and holistic health with excellent IVF results. Zita is also a trained acupuncturist and nutritional advisor and is the author of nine books on fertility and pregnancy, including the best-selling Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception. Her latest is Eat Yourself Pregnant, illustrating a range of traditional and modern mouth-watering recipes designed for prospective parents to boost their nutrition for fertility. She has a product range of vitamins and minerals to assist fertility and pregnancy, Zita West Products, and has set up an affiliated network of 170 acupuncturists in the UK and Ireland to promote good practice in fertility and pregnancy. She treats many high-profile clients, lectures around the world, and appears regularly on television and in the press giving advice and guidance on all pregnancy, birth and fertility issues. She is a columnist for Women's Health magazine and a blogger for The Huffington Post. If you would like Zita to appear as an expert, please contact 020 7224 0017 or

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