22 February 2012

Spanish Chicken w Chorizo & Potatoes

I've never been a big fan of cooking television shows, but since I've had my cooking-obsession recently, I have found watching shows like 'Come Dine With Me UK', 'Nigella Kitchen', and 'The Naked Chef' to be incredibly interesting.  I have picked up a few useful tips, and a couple of recipes to try.  But mostly I roll my eyes because they use some ridiculous ingredients, things where you'd have to buy a whole PACK of something, and you'd probably ever use it for that ONE recipe... so it would kind of be a waste, because you're not likely to make that one dish once a week, every week.  I like recipes that use normal ingredients that you don't have to go out of your way to have! :)

One of the recipes I picked up was a Nigella Lawson recipe, where I saw her make this easy peasy, chuck-it-all-in-a-tray-and-chuck-it-all-in-the-oven Spanish chicken dish, and thought "I could do that!".  Plus, I've never really eaten chorizo before, so it's the perfect excuse to try it!  It is also something I don't mind going out of my way to get, because it all got used up in the one time I did make this dish (unlike spices etc.).  

The amazing thing about this recipe, as Nigella explained on her TV show, while I was avidly eying the roasted potatoes that this dish makes, is that the oils/fats/spices/flavours from the chorizo oozes out and the chicken, potatoes and onions sit in this glorious orange bath of flavouring.  It is the chorizo that flavours the chicken.  Who'd have thunk it?  Delicious. 

Now, this recipe makes A LOT.  I only made about half of the original, and it was plenty for myself and my parents.  I used bone in, skin on chicken drumsticks (because we had those, and no thighs - still good!), but that was the only thing I altered from the original recipe!  I was tempted to leave out the zest as well, because I don't like zest (as you know from lemon poppyseed muffins!), but we happened to have oranges on hand (for once!) so I figured, why the heck not.  At least in this recipe (unlike the muffins) I could scrape the zest off and avoid it if it really offended my tastebuds!

oil (coating the bottom of the tray)
6 chicken drums (bone in, with skin)
350 ish grams chorizo sausages cut into 4cm chunks
skin on, new potatoes, halved (enough to push into all the gaps)
1 red onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
grated zest 1 orange


  • Pre-heat oven to 220 deg C (normal bake setting)
  • Spread oil over the bottom of a shallow roasting tin
  • Rub the skin of the chicken in the oil, then turn the pieces skin side up
  • Spread the chorizo sausages around evenly in the pan
  • Place potatoes in the remaining gaps (if it looks full, don't panic - it shrinks when it cooks!)
  • Sprinkle onion and oregano over the chicken, sausage and potatoes
  • Grate the orange zest and sprinkle over the tray
  • Cook for 30 minutes, then baste the contents with the orange coloured juices from the bottom of the tray
  • Cook for another 30 minutes
  • SERVE! :)

We had this just with some steamed vegetables (broccoli, peas, carrots and cabbage) and it was delicious.  The chicken wasn't dry at all, and the little potatoes were amazing, while the chorizo was a bit spicy for my taste.  Sadly I don't think I will eat much chorizo in the future, but I liked the chicken!  And the roasted bits of onion... omigosh they were little gems!  (The ones that weren't burned to charcoal, that is!)

Recipe Inspiration: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/spanish-chicken-with-chorizo-and-potatoes-5160

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