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Easy-Peasy Twirly-Wurly Chicken Pasta

This is an easy-peasy delicious evening meal. I’ve made it with unusual ‘twirly wurly’  coloured pasta which children love! There are no hard and fast ingredients as far as vegetable choice goes. I used five of my favourite – chopped and sliced – onion, leek, celery, garlic and Italian red pepper. Put 3 tablespoons of a good olive oil into a pan and add the vegetables apart from the garlic. Cook on a medium heat to soften. Season with salt and pepper. Add a ‘glug’ of white Vermouth and allow the flavours to combine – 5 minutes. At this point, I added the garlic and  some smoked lardons and the sliced chicken breasts (1 per person). Cook through thoroughly.  Boil the pasta. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it to the chicken/vegetable sauce. Take the pan off the heat and mix through a 100ml of cream. Serve with freshly chopped basil and flakes of Parmesan cheese. A great addition would be mushrooms! Alas, on this occasion I was cooking for children with an aversion to this delicious funghi! For the adults, I dizzled a little sweetened Balsamic vinegar. Simple and yummilicious!

 

 

 

Sweet, Sticky, Sour and Spicy Chicken with Mandarin Fritters

I was looking for inspiration for dinner last night and wanted to try something creative. I studied the contents of my fridge and larder and decided to make a meal that would tantalise all our taste buds – a surge of heat, a touch of sweetness combined with something sour to create a dish that would be deliciously satisfying. The Mandarin fritters added another dimension, bringing a sharp citrus crunch to the eclectic textures and flavours of the dish.

Subliminally, I had produced a meal in celebration of the Chinese New Year. It wasn’t intentional, my tastebuds just led me that way! So I wish anyone reading this a happy year of the goat! Shanyang kuaile de yi nian!

 

Sweet, Sticky, Sour and Spicy Chicken with Mandarin Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of runny honey
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons of chopped root ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped garlic
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of hot pepper sauce (Piri-Piri)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  •  tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 chopped spring onions to garnish
  • FOR THE MANDARIN FRITTERS:
  • 2 seedless Mandarin oranges, in segments
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

Directions:

  1. FEEDS 4:
  2. Mix together the brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and hot pepper sauce in a bowl.
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken strips.
  4. Add the chicken breast strips into the marinade and leave in the fridge for an hour.
  5. Heat the oil in a pan and add the chicken strips and brown on both sides for about a minute.
  6. Pour the sauce/marinade over the chicken and simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens (8/10 mins)
  7. FOR THE MANDARIN FRITTERS:
  8. Whisk together all the ingredients, in a bowl, until smooth.
  9. Heat a small pan of oil, deep enough to fry the Mandarin segments.
  10. Dip the segments into the batter then drop gently into the hot oil.
  11. Remove when golden brown and crispy.

Normandy Chicken

This recipe combines some of the most iconic ingredients that are synonymous with Normandy in Northern France, where we lived for seven years. It is in my top ten meals because it is rich, creamy, gently aromatic and simply satiates the most ravenous of appetites. Moreover, it is incredibly easy and quite quick to prepare. It is equally delicious using pork, instead of chicken. My years in Normandy enhanced my culinary passions – we lived in a land of gastronomic plenty – with local markets providing the freshest fish, meat and vegetables, more often than not, grown in the fields and gardens that surrounded us. When I think of Normandy (or ‘Gourmandie’ as it is also known), I think of dairy produce – thick farm cream and full fat milk from the indigenous ‘Normande’ cow, a host of the most delicious cheeses, free range poultry, wild game, fresh sea caught fish, hearty root vegetables, wild mushrooms, cider and Calvados (apple brandy). From this bounteous store, an amaranthine variety of dishes are created.

My Normandy Chicken is ‘lush’ (my son will be impressed that I have quoted him) and the aromas of the cider and garlic are tantalising. Here, I have used field mushrooms but wild mixed mushrooms would make it more special for a dinner party. Served with creamy mashed potatoes, it’s just fabulous as the potato soaks up the extra sauce. C’est gastronomique! Tout simplement delicieux!!

Normandy Chicken

Prep Time: 30 Mins Cooking Time: 25 Mins Total Time: 55 Mins

Ingredients:

  • 6 Chicken breasts, halved lengthways (provides 4 hearty portions)
  • 3 large leeks, sliced into 1cm pieces
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped or sliced
  • 250 ml of cider (I like to use a slightly sweeter cider)
  • 300g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup of chicken stock,
  • 200ml double cream
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half, lengthways 
  2. In a large heavy based pan, add the olive oil and bring up to full heat
  3. Pan fry the chicken breasts to brown the outsides. Remove and put aside
  4. Add the leeks, garlic and salt/pepper to the pan and soften, being careful not to burn the garlic
  5. Add the mushrooms and the cider. Simmer for 5 minutes
  6. Add the chicken stock and allow the juices to infuse and reduce.
  7. Add the cream and mix well.
  8. Into an oven dish, add the browned chicken breasts. Pour over the cream sauce.
  9. Place in a preheated oven at 180 degrees centigrade (350 degrees fahrenheit) for 20/25 minutes. Cover with tin foil.