Top down view of chicken pieces, red onion and apple wedges garnished with pomegranate seeds and herbs on top of white plate.

Pumpkin Spice Chicken Traybake with Apple and Rooibos

This aromatic fruity Pumpkin Spice Chicken Traybake with Apple and Rooibos recipe is super easy to make, perfect for entertaining as well as a delicious weeknight dinner idea.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine International
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Monika Dabrowski


  • 4 chicken thighs patted dry, skin left on
  • 1 and 1/2 or 2 bramley apples cut into quarters, cores removed
  • 2 red onions peeled, cut into 6 parts each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 2 rooibos teabags
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled, whole
  • 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Coriander and pomegranate seeds for garnish


  • In a small bowl empty the contents of the rooibos teabags, add the ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and enough seasoning for 4 chicken thighs. Mix thoroughly and tip onto a large plate. Coat only the skin side of the chicken thighs. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F/ 200 C/ gas mark 6. Place the apple pieces in a large baking tray. Set aside.
  • In a frying pan heat up the oil and fry the chicken, skin side down only, on a medium/high heat for 5-6 minutes taking care not to burn it. This will get rid of most of the fat in the skin and crisp it up. 3 minutes into the cooking add the garlic and onion pieces (stir a few times as they are frying, but don't stir or turn the chicken over).
  • Transfer everything into the baking tray placing the chicken skin side up, sprinkle any remaining spice mixture onto the vegetables, season the whole thing with salt and plenty of pepper, drizzle with a little olive oil and bake for 30 minutes (halfway through you can give the onions a little stir if you like but it's not necessary).
  • Serve immediately with pomegranate seeds and freshly chopped coriander.


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg