Finger lickin’ chicken
Whilst having a think and a flick through my cookbooks and magazines, trying to decide what recipe to try next, I had a lightbulb moment. Why limit myself to sharing the recipes of dishes I am attempting for the first time? Why not share some of the dishes in my culinary repetoire that I love to cook?! This brings me to my ‘cook whenever finger lickin chicken casserole’. I’m not quite sure where the recipe for this dish came from, but it’s always been my fall back dish when I can’t think of anything I want to eat. Come to think of it, I could rename this as my Plan B chicken casserole *insert laugh here*. Anyway, this should serve 4 people but it’s also good for 2 with left-overs the next day.
Plan B Finger Lickin Chicken Casserole
8 chicken drumsticks (or other chicken bits if desired)
2½ Tbs oil
2 Tbs tomato paste
2 cups beef stock
2 medium carrots, cut into 3cm pieces and then in half
5-6 chat potatoes, cut into quarters (or 2 medium potatoes cut into 3cm cubes)
1 brown onion, cut into wedges
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/3 cup frozen peas
¼ cup risoni pasta
Heat 2 tsp of oil in a fry pan over medium heat and brown off chicken on all sides. Yes – I know the picture only shows 7 drumsticks but that was all I could find in my freezer. I usually use 8 drumsticks.
In a large saucepan, heat the remaining oil over medium low heat and cook the carrott, potato, onion, crushed garlic and peas for about 5-7 minutes, or until the onion is soft.
Add the tomato paste and cook for about a minute, then add the stock and chicken drumsticks. The drumsticks should almost be covered by the stock. Add more stock or water if there isn’t enough liquid. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 30 minutes covered.
After 30 minutes, pull the chicken out and cover with foil to keep warm. Add the risoni and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occassionally until al dente. Doing this will also thicken up the sauce. Before serving, add the chicken back into the saucepan and toss to coat with the sauce. You can also serve this with crusty bread, so you can mop up the yummy sauce. For the best eating experience, eat the chicken with your fingers which is why it’s called finger lickin’ chicken….
Note: You can remove the skin off the chicken for a healthier version of this dish.