Sunday, October 07, 2007

Chicken, Chorizo, and Bean Bake

In atonement to Donna for pulling a Gordon on her during the last round of Hay Hay it’s Donna Day, I thought I’d share a dish of hers that I really really like. It’s from issue 32 (the autumn 2007 issue…a season we don’t have here but that doesn’t stop me) of Donna Hay magazine, part of a feature on chorizo. Now, chorizo is something I love (along with a legion of other people I’m sure) and, unlike fresh figs, rhubarb, and chanterelle mushrooms, something that I can easily get here. Aside from being perfectly delicious on its own, it is also lends itself skillfully to many dishes, giving them a smoky kick and Spanish flavor. I can simply fry them up for cocktail nibbles; they are an essential element in my fabada; I’ve made fried rice out of them; and I’ve even used them in our ubiquitous munggo guisado (mung bean stew).

This dish is a one-pan dinner combining chorizo with chicken, olives and lemon, and dusted with pimentón de la vera (Spanish smoked paprika). It is packed with flavor and dead easy to make. If you’ve got a nice dish it’ll go straight from oven to table. Although I love this in its original state, I decided to take some liberties and change it a bit. Ok, maybe more than a bit. The whole “vibe” of it really reminded me of fabada (blame it on the chorizo and pimentón!). Also, I felt there should be something soaking up all the amazing juices that this dish renders (eau de chorizo/ pimentón/chicken/lemon/black olive…oohlala!). So I added beans…truly a magical, if at times musical, fruit ;)

Chicken, Chorizo, and Bean Bake
(adapted from Donna Hay’s Smoked Paprika Chicken and Lemon Bake, Donna Hay magazine, issue 32)

  • 4 pieces chicken (I used 2 drumsticks and 2 thighs)
  • 1 400-gram can of white beans, drained
  • 1/2 a lemon, sliced
  • 1/3 cup black olives
  • 1 chorizo sausage, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, bashed a bit but still in their skins
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • A little less then 1/2 teaspoon pimentón de la vera
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

- Place the beans on a baking dish, then pour the stock over them. Arrange the chicken pieces, lemon, olives, chorizo, and garlic over the beans. Drizzle olive oil over the whole lot. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and pimentón.
- Roast in a 200C oven for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
- Serves 2.

The original recipe has no beans and uses butter instead of olive oil (I figured olive oil was more “in-region” with the other flavors…but it could also be that the olive oil was closer to my hand at the time). I also reduced the recipe to fit our family of two. The dish was already delicious in its original form, but I think the beans definitely added something special. Plus, true to my juices-soaking plan, it was the perfect “bed” for all that flavorful liquid! This would make an ideal dinner for a rainy week night when everybody’s a little too tired to cook something complicated, but still need something fortifying and yummy in their stomachs. It’s been raining a lot over here and I feel the need to whip this up again (after we finish C’s excellent sinampalukang manok – chicken in tamarind broth – the ultimate rainy day dish) :)


Shayne said...

This dish looks so Delicious. Thank you for sharing!

veron said...

I love the amendments you made to this dish! And I am all for oven bakes and straight to table dishes.

katiez said...

Oh yeah, that's good! I much prefer the sounds of your recipe - the beans round it out perfectly ...and I do love beans.
BTW, rumor has it that if you eat a lot of beans your system adjusts and they quit being so, ahem, musical.... I'm working on proving it right!

Anh said...

Just delicious! I think your adaptation makes the dish even more delicious! :)

Kalyn said...

Yum. Adding the beans was brilliant.

mtan said...

I love one pot dishes, and this recipe looks simple and elegant at the same time. Thanks Joey!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Shayne! Thanks! :)

Hi Veron! Thank you :) I know what you mean, they are so easy to make and so you can get on with other tasks while it's in the oven :)

Hi Katiez! I love beans too! Thanks for the heads up...I'll try to "adjust my system" too ;) Let me know your findings! :)

Thanks a lot Anh! :)

Hi Kalyn! The beans really did complete everything :)

Hi M! It's quite tasty and perfect if you are having guests but no time to do anything elaborate :)

Day to Day Chronicles said...

Oh, that looks wonderful. I will be adding it to my "recipes to try" collection.

Kelly-Jane said...

That looks like a wonderful Autumn supper :)

I get the magazine, but it comes a bit late, I'm really looking forward to the chorizo feature, I actually think I might be addicted to chorizo!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A gorgeous looking dish! Very comforting and tasty to please!



The Knittymommy said...

I can't wait to try this. The weather this week calls for the temperature to begin dropping, thus this would be perfect sometime this week.

Do you think it would still work if I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts? Although I am sure it would be oh so much better with the skin, bones and fat...

Maxine said...

I may just have to try this tonight! Sounds fantastic and right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Day to Day Chronicles! Thanks for stopping by :) Let me know if you do get to try it out! Hope you like it :)

Hi Kelly-jane! I don't blame you...chorizo is very addictive! :) I loved that Donna Hay featured it!

Thanks Rosa! :)

Hi KM! This would be great in the in a real autumn! Heehee :) I'm sure it'll work (in theory) with skinless chicken breast fillet, but like you said it will be better with the skin, bones, and fat! :) You've got the chorizo in there already...a little chicken skin won't hurt, hehehe ;)

Hi Maxine! Hope you like it if you do give it a go :)

Brilynn said...

This looks so flavourful!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

This sounds perfect! Katiez comment made me laugh as we've eaten a lot of beans and never once not been musical!! Love it!

Jen Tan said...

Yummmmy!!!!! You have so may delicious and unique recipes under your sleeves! Swerte talaga ni C! =) I wish I was your neighbor! hahahahha I love chiken and beans...and anything BAKED!!!

aria said...

oh those flavors together must be pure bliss. chorizo is tricky for me to cook. i need more practice with just simply frying it. this looks delicious!

maybahay said...

looks comforting and delicious. although wouldn't mind a shot of some sinampalukang manok as well. i hope the weather gets better soon...

Manggy said...

I give the beans a short rinse too-- the liquid they come in is chock-full of tooting oligosaccharides. However, they are good for you, so tooting isn't so bad! Just chew them well!

I just found out that Terry's sells pimenton (and that Hi-Top sells anisado wine... Not that I would make cured meats any time soon). But everything's so expensive at Terry's! I nearly passed out when I saw the price of their cheeses! Makes me realize how luxuriously some Filipinos really live..

Belinda said...

This sounds so tasty, Joey...I love your version of the recipe. And it looks so beautifully presented in the white baking dish, against the green of the cloth...gorgeous! :-)

The Knittymommy said...

OMG Joey! I could not help myself last night, and decided to make the dish. I forgot to get olives so I used capers instead, about 2 Tbsps, instead, and used the chicken breast, and OMG - I can't say it enough - IT WAS FABULOUS! G loved it too. Plus the beans did have that fabada feel to them. We had it on an 80 degree F evening with toasted baguette rounds. It was absolutely great. This is going on my regular repertoire! IT WAS FABULOUS! Photos of my version will be going on my blog shortly. FABULOUS!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Brilynn! It really does pack a lot of flavor :)

Hi Amanda! My family loves beans and so does C :) So we have done our time singing that little ditty :)

Thanks so much for that sweet comment Jen! Hehe :) I just read a lot of food magazines and cookbooks and get ideas from I love to eat! Hahaha!

Hi Aria! What my mom and aunts do is fry it with a little water so that it kinda "boils" first and then the water evaporates and it proceeds to fry and get that caramelized coating...I just toss it in the pan and fry it because I'm too lazy! :)

Hi Maybahay! Sinampalukang manok is perfect in the rainy season...and my husband has really mastered this! I'm such a fan, hehe :)

Hi Manggy! In this dish I just drained them, although in other dishes I rinse them too...didn't know about the oligosaccharides! Yes, Terry's sells pimenton, a bit pricey but you can use it sparingly...also, a friend of mine saw some in Assad's (Indian grocery along UN Ave or Jupiter)!

Hi Belinda! Thanks so much :) The dish was a wedding present...and the tea towel I bought because I liked the way it looked, only to come home and find out it was lousy at absorbing water! So now it's either used as props or for hot dihes...heehee :)

Hi KM! Omg! You absolutely made my night! :) So happy to hear you guys enjoyed it!!! And with the chicken breasts too! YAY! :) I'll be checking out your blog for the post!

christine said...

I LOVE THIS!! This is so my type! I have to try it, I'm sure the whole family would love it too. Thanks Jo!

Jerry said...

I always randomly find your website and I always love the recipes. Thanks for the ideas!

Hillary said...

I saw Jennifer from Last Night's Dinner make this recipe too. It sounds and looks FANTASTIC! Thanks for all your scrumptious photos too! Mmmm...

Tartelette said...

Great recipe! Another chorizo lover here and I have bookmarked this one for this weekend!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Nens! Yes, I think this is really your (our) type :) Let me know if you try it!

Hi Jerry! Thanks for leaving a note :) Glad you enjoy the site!

Hi Hillary! Thanks! :) I will check out Last Night's Dinner too!

Hi Helene! Hope you enjoy this as much as we did :)

kickpleat said...

wow this meal looks delicious. so perfect for these chilly autumn days.

Karen said...

Your photo looked so mouthwatering that we had to try your recipe last weekend. Thank you so hit the spot perfectly on a cold autumn night! The beans definitely round out the meal. Certainly a dish that we'll make again soon.

Posted our cooking attempt with photos on my website. Though ours was nowhere near as photogenic as yours =)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kickpleat! Thanks! It would definitely be perfect for autumn :) Only thing is that we don't have autumn here...ah well, I can enjoy it with the a/c on! ;)

Hi Karen! So happy you enjoyed this! :) I checked out your post and it looks delicious too...will try it with capers next time :) Thanks for the tip!

NixLevick said...

Hi, I know you made this ages ago, but i was searching for the recipe everywhere! i have made it before (The Donna Hay version), but have misplaced the mag i got it from!
What did you serve this with? having friends for dinner and what to "impress" with little time on my hands, last time i did it with a sweet potato rosemary mash which was amazing, but quite rich! what would you suggest?
Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated, and im so glad and came across your blog!

Thanks! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Nix! So sorry for the late reply! Glad this post was able to help you somewhat :) We usually serve this with rice (our staple side here in the Philippines!) but this would also be good with some crusty country-style bread and a green salad on the side!