Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Basque chicken fricassee recipe

Photo: Basque chicken fricassee recipe

Takes: 15 mins to prepare and 45 mins to cook
Serves: 4


 50ml olive oil
50g ham, chopped
4 chicken legs
50g ham, chopped
2 red peppers, chopped
2 large plum tomatoes, chopped
1 medium onion, finely sliced
50g whole green olives
50ml sherry
600ml chicken stock


In a large heatproof casserole dish, heat the olive oil over a medium-high heat and sear the chicken legs until golden all over. Remove and drain to one side on a plate lined with kitchen paper. Add the onion to the dish and fry for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chopped pepper and ham and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

Deglaze the pan with the sherry, stirring the base and sides well to dissolve any residue. Add the chicken legs back to the dish along with the tomato and olives and cover with the chicken stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Cover the dish and lower to a simmer, cooking the chicken gently for 25-35 minutes until cooked and tender. Adjust the seasoning once the chicken is cooked, then spoon into serving bowls.

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