So the 21st of January 2013 is supposed to be the most depressing day of this year. It’s cold and gloomy outside and it’s still months before it’s going to warm up. Payday is still days away and with most of us stretching ourselves thin over Christmas, making things better with some retail therapy isn’t an option. AND we’ve all been dieting since the start of the year and let’s face it people depriving yourself of chocolate is going to make you feel just a little bit glum. My solution is the culinary equivalent of a hug; Chicken Cacciatore. Now mine isn’t an authentic recipe, but it’s yummy and warming and it’s packed with tons of veg, so you’re not even really breaking the diet.
To start take:
- 800gm of chicken thighs or drumsticks
- two large or four small carrots
- two sticks of celery
- a tin of chopped tomatoes
- an onion
- a pepper
- a punnet of mushrooms
- a clove or two of garlic
- a stalk of rosemary
- a bay leaf or two
- about 50gms of flour seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika and dried thyme
- olive oil
Dice and saute the onion, celery, carrots, garlic and peppers in the olive oil until softening. Slap your forehead and take out the chestnut mushrooms you bought especially for the dish, but then forgot to photograph for the ingredients picture.
Cut the mushrooms in half and add them to the veg mix and blame blue Monday for your forgetfulness with a sigh.
While the veg is softening, add the seasoned flour to a ziplock bag and piece by piece coat the chicken pieces in the flour. I tried, by the way, to take an attractive picture of raw chicken, but I just don’t think it’s possible. Sorry.
Once the chicken looks yummy, open the can of tomatoes and chuck the tomatoes on top of the chicken. Add the veg from earlier, the two bay leaves and some chopped rosemary (to taste.)
Pop it on top of some mashed potato and feel better. You deserve to.