To get me into the swing I’m starting with a something I have cooked in the past. I fact I don’t know why I don’t do it more often as it always seems to go down well…but I guess that’s the point here.
The chicken is the biggest expense here. Most of the other items you will probably already have in your cupboard – apart from maybe perhaps the chorizo. I like to load it up with chicken and then just serve with greens but you can do less chicken and serve with potatoes or crusty bread if you wish. Actually garlic pan fried potatoes would go down a treat.
4 or 6 chicken breasts (depending on appetite and your choice of side. Chicken legs and thighs are also great in this but as my son is only five I though it best not to include any boned meat in my recipes).
2 tins of chopped or plum tomatoes
small handful of chopped chorizo sausage
1 red pepper
1 red onion
clove of garlic
1 teaspoon of paprika
a few dried crushed chillies or fresh chilli (optional)
Dried or fresh thyme
Cost: approx £2.40 per serving
Pre heat the oven to 180’C and heat some olive oil in a frying pan. Pan fry the chicken breasts either whole or in smaller fillets until they have a slight golden brown tinge (it is possible to skip this step and put the chicken straight in the oven with all the other ingredients but in my opinion fry ing the chicken first gives it a nice authentic taste).
While the chicken is cooking chop the pepper and onion into nice chunks and lay them in the bottom of a large glass roasting dish – I have had to use roasting tin here as I dropped my beloved glass dish a couple of days ago while cooking a lasagne. Once the chicken is golden lay on top of the pepper and onion.
In a bowl mix the tomatoes with the chorizo, paprika, chopped garlic, thyme and chilli. Pour this over the chicken and cook for approx 30 mins in the oven. Once done the tomato juice should have cooked away and started the blacken round the edges of the dish giving an even better flavour. Don’t remove it from the oven before this point or you’ll be missing out!
Enjoy with potatoes, crusty bread or veg and a nice glass of Rioja. Yum
Toby, 5: Yummy yummy in my tummy!
Kate, 6: The most fantastic dinner ever. (Might be a little over enthusiastic I think)
Dean, 30: Everytime you cook that one it gets better.
I’m pretty pleased with that for day 1! Clean plates all round!