Friday, January 16, 2009

Chicken and chorizo sausage stew

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 :-)


Serves 2

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!


Mediterranean kiwi said...

a very good stew - my husband would love this
what did you serve it with? rice, pasta, or just some salad?

Tinsie said...

I served it as it comes (well, with a couple of slices of bread) but I guess you could serve it with veg or salad. Because of the beans, I don't think it needs pasta or rice, it's quite filling on its own :-)

Mediterranean kiwi said...

there are beans in this dish?
you havent listed them in the ingredients - do you mean the 400g can was the canelini beans? (aaaaaaaaargghhh - please revise!)

Tinsie said...

Ooops! Sorry, you're absolutely right, I'd missed out the beans from the list of ingredients. I've gone back and corrected it.

When you think of it, this stew is very much like fasolada with a twist ;-)

Shionge said...

It is getting cold here so thanks for sharing the recipe ;)

Karen said...

Mmmmmmm. Am putting this on next week's menu (no matter what the hub says). Will let you know how it goes!

Per Stromsjo said...

Gee, gotta get myself a sandwich or something. I get hungry just from reading the ingredients.

Tinsie said...

@ Karen: I made your beef stew last night, it was divine and very much appreciated by H! I hope you have as much luck with this one :-)

@ Per Stromsjo: That's the problem with foodie posts - they make you hungry. I always write them on a full stomach to avoid the side effects hehe.