Last night I was sitting at the hairdresser's flicking through a pile of mags (as you do) and wondering what I could cook for dinner, when I came across this recipe in one of the magazines. It's from Gary Rhodes's latest cookbook, Gary Rhodes 365. I've never tried any of his recipes before, but I did last night and I'm really pleased with the results. So pleased that I thought I'd share it with you :-)
CHICKEN AND CHORIZO SAUSAGE STEW
2 tbsp olive oil
175g/6oz small chorizo sausage, sliced into 1cm/half-inch thick pieces
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
1 x 400g can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
2 plum tomatoes, quartered and deseeded
2 skinless chicken breast fillets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A pinch of sugar
Heat a deep frying pan or saucepan and pour in half the olive oil. Add the chorizo and quickly fry until it has taken on some colour and released some of its oils.
Reduce the heat slightly, stir in the sliced onion and cook for a few minutes until softened. Add the cannellini beans and the canned chopped tomatoes, topping up with half a can of water to loosen the mixture.
Halve the tomato quarters and stir them into the stew, simmering gently for 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and season.
Heat the remaining olive oil in a separate frying pan, add the chicken and fry for 6-7 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Spoon the chicken into the stew, season and stir in the sugar before serving ladled into warm bowls.
Well, that's what Gary Rhodes says. I cheated a little - used less olive oil, more chorizo (couldn't find a sausage of the right size, so I used two smaller ones), regular tomatoes rather than plum ones, and started with the chicken so I could get away with using just the one pan. It turned out really nice though and was really quick too. This is what it looked like just before I served it.
It's a perfect dish for a cold winter night, and so easy to prepare, with no fancy ingredients (well, apart from the chorizo, I guess). If you give it a try, let me know how you got on.
Bon appetit & Happy Friday too!