Home alone this weekend so after chores and shopping I set about getting dinner ready.
Three skin-on, bone in chicken thighs were dusted with Ras El Hanout and roasted at 190C for 25 mins and allowed to drain and cool.
I quartered about 10cm of chorizo and sliced it up along with two onions, a clove of garlic and four plum tomatoes.
When the chicken had cooled I boned and chopped it up. Then set about the rest of the chores.
When it was time to cook I heated a frying pan and heated the chorizo to release the oil. The chorizo was removed and the onions and garlic softened in the oil for about 20mins. I then added the tomatoes and the chorizo to the pan and cooked them gently until the tomatoes disintegrated. Finally the chicken was stirred in and heated through (about 10mins).
Not really sure what dish this is but it’s damn tasty. At the weekend the freezer went on the fritz so I was left with a load of chicken thighs that needed cooking. Grabbing what was to hand I had the following:
6 boned and skinned chicken thighs
A red pepper
4 plum tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1tsp dried tarragon
The onion and garlic were chopped and fried until soft. I added the diced pepper and the chicken and put a lid on the pan. After about 20mins I added the chopped tomatoes and the tarragon, replaced the lid and cooked the ‘stew’ for about 10 mins then took the lid off to evaporate some of the liquid.
Before serving I added a tablespoon of butter to thicken the sauce and added a few twists of salt and pepper to taste. The tomatoey chicken was served with roast potatoes
I wasn’t sure what to have for dinner tonight so last night I cobbled a marinade together and left it to develop overnight whilst some chicken thighs were defrosting.
To make the marinade I took 2tsp coriander seeds, 2tsp fennel seeds, 2tsp cumin seeds and 2tsp black peppercorns. I toasted them in a dry pan before grinding them to a fine powder with a pestle and mortar. Then I took a green chilli snd a couple of garlic cloves and a good pinch of salt. These were puréed in the mortar and added to the ground spices. This mix was storred into sbout 250ml of plain yoghurt and left overnight in yhe fridge.
This morning I added the chicken thighs and left them in the fridge all day.
This evening I put 2 onions, sliced thickly, and about s dozen cherry tomatoes in a casserole. The yoghurty chicken was put on top, the lid put on and placed into an oven at 180C for about an hour.
Whilst it was in the oven I boiled some Basmati rice and fried a bunch of spring onions to use as a garnish. I also roasted a squash and a red and a yellow pepper to have as a side vegetable.
+++ UPDATE +++
Although the finished plate of food tasted delicious, it needed something else. Something green. Spinach perhaps.
We don’t often have much in the way of leftovers in our house but last night I went to the fridge to see what we had to make dinner and I found some left over bits from the night before.
There was some plain basmati rice and cooked chicken. In the freezer I had some samosas that I’d made a few weeks ago and frozen before cooking. I say samosas but they were more like puff pasty pillows.
To make the samoseas I used Meera Sohda’s excellent Made in India cook book. If you don’y have a copy, get one. In the mean time, the recipe can be found here.
I put the samosas in the oven for about 20 mins at 200C. Whilst they were baking I made the rice salad. I took 4 spring onions, 2 radishes, 2 mushrooms, 2 chicken thighs, a yellow pepper, a red chilli pepper and chopped them all up. I cooked the mushrooms in butter and added the whole lot to the rice, mixed it well and added about 2 tbsps of olive oil
When the samosas were done I bunged the lot on a plate and even though I say so myself, for leftovers, they were fantastic