Basque-Inspired Chicken

This month for the Secret Recipe Club I was assigned Workout Then Cook and looking through the blog this is clearly someone who loves to eat, as well as exercise.  There are lots of delicious looking Asian dishes and one-pot meals, and possibly the largest number of macaroni cheese dishes ever – I counted at least 21!  Impressive!  This is definitely where I’ll come back to if I want cheesy pasta comfort food.  However, I love tomatoey sauces and Spanish flavours so when I came across this recipe for Basque-inspired chicken, full of ingredients I love, I decided the macaroni cheese would just have to wait.  Indeed, it was just as delicious as I’d expected and definitely a meal I’d recommend.

Ingredients – Serves 2

2 Chicken breasts or thighs

1 tbsp plain flour

1 small onion, diced

1/2 red pepper, diced

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 rashers bacon, diced

1 tbsp tomato puree

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 chilli pepper, finely sliced

3 tomatoes, diced

1 tsp dried parsley

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp dried thyme

150ml chicken stock

How to Make Basque-Inspired Chicken

1. Season the flour and coat the chicken in it, then brown in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.When browned on all sides, remove from the pan.

2. Add a little extra oil to the pan if necessary.   Add the onions, chilli peppers and peppers.   Cook until softened then add the bacon and garlic.   Cook for another couple of minutes then stir in the tomato puree and smoked paprika.

3. Add the remaining ingredients – the tomatoes, herbs and chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil then return the chicken to the pan and coat with the sauce.

4. Cover the pan and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

5. Serve with rice or potatoes.

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10 thoughts on “Basque-Inspired Chicken

  1. When I first read the title, I thought it was Basque-Indian chicken. Then I saw the bacon and got confused :-)

    This looks excellent.

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