Thursday, February 20, 2014

Warming Spanish Chicken Casserole

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Co-operative Electrical are currently running a competition giving bloggers the chance to win £750 to spend with coopelectricalshop.co.uk. I was pretty amazed at what a wide variety of things they sell, much more than household appliances and I would be spoilt for choice for what to pick if I won. although I have to admit a Macbook would be very high up my list. It would mean I could photograph things like this "tethered" to a computer allowing me to see the photos on a screen instead of just on my camera preview.

My recipe for the competition is inspired by my childhood summer holidays to Spain. It's both a recipe that warms with its ingredients and warms with the memories of sandy beaches and long summer days.

So first of all the ingredients...


Ingredients :

2 tablespoons of olive oil
A knob of butter
6 boneless and skinless chicken thighs
2 onions
400g carrots
4 celery sticks
1 tin of Canneleni beans (rinsed)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
3 tablespoons of tomato puree
1/2 pint of chicken stock
4 cloves of garlic
A pinch of Cayenne pepper
100g of chorizo (skin removed)
A splash of red wine (optional)

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Directions...

Heat the olive oil in a large casserole dish, when very hot add the chicken thighs and brown on both sides. Remove the thighs from the caserole and add a knob of butter, add chopped onions and allow to fry for a couple of minutes.

Add chopped celery, carrots and chorizo and cook for 5 minutes. Finally add remaining ingredients and return chicken thighs to the dish, bring to the boil and turn down to a low heat. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes covered.

I haven't tried this in a slow cooker yet, but I would imagine it would work very well. Serve with crusty bread and a hearty glass of wine.

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PS - If you want to see the less glamorous side of putting this blog post together. There is a photo here of me shooting the pics using our floor samples on our bedroom floor!

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37 comments:

  1. Oh I am putting this on the menu plan!

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  2. I absolutely LOVE this Clare - it looks and sounds like it will just melt in the mouth. Fabulous stuff, must come to your blog more often! I will be going to have a look at the less glamorous side too but that's just the photo geek in me :)

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  3. Mmmm... sounds delicious! Have pinned this to cook one day!

    I tried to look at your set up shots, but the Flickr is private for the album! I know the things I get up to when photographing things for my blog so it's interesting to see someone else too!!

    I recently posted 7 Tips For Throwing A Great BBQ

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    1. Michelle, thank you so much for letting me know about the privacy setting on the photo, I have corrected it now!

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  4. This looks delicious and your photos are so inviting!

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  5. Good luck with the competition. This looks very scrummy x

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  6. Ooh looks so tasty, nice simple recipe.Plus one of my fave ingredients, chorizo.

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  7. so hungry right now and this isn't helping, haha. looks delicious!

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  8. This sounds great and very easy to make - I'll show it to my husband as he's the meat cook in our house!

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  9. My hubby would love this he is crazy on chicken .x

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  10. That looks amazing and I really want to make it! Pinned xx

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  11. Looks yummy. I wondered what the round red things were to start with then realised they are the chorizos!

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  12. The casserole looks delicious, as does that bread!

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  13. I have never seen celery look so pretty :-) The casserole looks yummy too.

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  14. Delicious, we love making this in the slow cooker, I add paprika and bay leaves to mine.

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  15. Goodness, that looks REALLY appealing. Your photography is beautiful. Pinned and if you'd like to join in with #recipeoftheweek on my blog, please do. x

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    1. Had forgotten about your linky, but will definitely join now!

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  16. Your food photography is fantastic - I love the way you have styled celery! Any recipe including chorizo gets my vote x

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  17. That looks so tasty. And great pictures too. We love chicken, chorizo and beans so I'm going to try your recipe this weekend.

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  18. Delicious - we are big fans of Spanish flavours in this house so I'm bookmarking this for next weeks shopping list!

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  19. Beautiful photos, love the post x

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  20. Yummy... Now Clare tell me if you always organize your celery in concentric circles before you put it in the pot. I know that I do except my crazy family hate celery! And onions. I think this looks great.

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  21. Yum! Looks like super comfor food, much needed lately!

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  22. That looks lovely, perfect for a winter's evening

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  23. This looks so delicious! I can't wait to try it and the photos are lovely x

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  24. Lovely photos and recipe sounds delish ( except I'm a vegetarian!)

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  25. Your foodie photos are brilliant - the celery pic is fab x

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  26. Pinned, that looks gorgeous! Feel free to add it to Tuesday Tutorials over on my blog, love sharing yummy recipes :)

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  27. This looks totally delicious Clare, amazing photos too. I can almost smell the smokey chorizo.. Love it. Ace photo of you taking the photo too :)

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  28. we'll be trying this recipe during the week. Looks so good! I cooked Georgian chicken with walnut sauce and hot grated beetroot salad this weekend. recipe in the Telegraph and online too.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recipes/10628441/Georgian-chicken-with-walnut-sauce-and-hot-grated-beetroot-recipe.html
    I've never eaten a similar meal. It was so good!!!!
    Love your photos

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  29. This looks right up our street. Something the whole family is going to love

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  30. This looks like a fab dish and I think it would work out great in the slow cooker. I love your photos too :-)
    Popping over very late from #recipeoftheweek

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  31. Wow - not only does that look delicious, you clearly have some SERIOUS photography skills. Subscribing to your blog immediately. Thanks for linking up with #recipeoftheweek :) I've pinned and tweeted this post and there's a fresh linky live now. Hope you join in x

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    1. Thank you for that lovely comment, it's really appreciated.

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