Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo

This is another of my favourite dishes that over the years has become a regular evening meal. You can serve it with rice, bulgar wheat but I prefer cous cous. What I really love about this dish is the wonderful chorizo flavour that seeps into the tomato sauce, with its goregous smoky taste. Chorizo piccante has a great chilli kick, but if you cannot get this type, or you don't like spicy foods, then just get the normal chorizo.

This is another of those dishes that improves the longer you cook it, but it's fine if you just cook for 25-35 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken thighs.

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
8 chicken thighs, skin removed
1 chroizo picante, peel off skin and cut into cubes
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp paprika
50g black pitted olives, sliced or whole
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to season
(serves 4)

Put chicken in a bowl and mix together with the paprika. Put the olive oil in a pan, heat then add the onion and garlic and gently fry until the onion is soft.

Put the chicken in the pan and stir in with the onions and garlic and cook for a 2-3 minutes, ensuring all the paprika goes into the pan. Add in the chorizo and also cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Add in the tinned tomatoes and tomato puree, olives and bay leaves, stir. Bring to a fast boil and then lower the heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve in a bowl with the cous cous.

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