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Published September 12th 2012
A delicious easy peasy meal
Everyone has a go to meal that's easy to make and tastes delicious so I thought I would share mine. My sister first made this for me and since then I have added and changed it depending on what's in my fridge. As well as tasting great, the big advantage is that you only need one pot so it saves on washing up.
It's basically a chicken risotto but without the hassle of slowly adding stock little by little. This recipe means that there is no need to be stuck at the cooker stirring all the time.
Here's how to feed 4 hungry adults
4 chicken quarters or some thighs & drumsticks Seasoning e.g. cajun seasoning or multi purpose seasoning from the supemarket A little olive oil 300g risotto rice 1 litre hot chicken or vegetable stock 1 large onion quartered 1 red pepper cut into large chunks
125g of chorizo cut into chunks
125ml white wine
2 heaped teaspoons of harissa paste or red pepper pesto
Handful of frozen peas
How to do it
Use a large pot with lid
1. Drizzle a little olive oil onto skin of chicken and rub in some seasoning
2. Fry chicken all over until skin is crispy then remove from pan
3. Fry chorizo for a minute
4. Add all ingredients except chicken and peas to pan
5. Place chicken on top
6. Cover and cook in oven at 180 degrees celcius for 45 mins
7. Take off the lid, throw in some peas and cook for another 10 mins
I quite often end up leaving this in the oven for longer if my kids' bedtime routine runs over and the meal still tastes great. Just top up with a little more stock or wine so it doesn't dry out.
You can easily add or take away ingredients. It's great with a few prawns added, making it more like a paella. I've even had it with fresh homegrown broad beans which added a sweet freshness to the meal.
If you make plenty so you have leftovers, then it heats up well in the microwave, successfully making a quick tasty meal for another day.