Sunday, November 24, 2013

Recipe: Cheap Cheat's Chicken Chasseur

Haha, try saying that three times fast. Or try saying that after you've had the other 500ml of red wine! Chicken chasseur is a classically French dish- very similar to a coq au vin I suppose, the main differences being the lack of bacon, the addition of tomato puree, and chasseurs tends to be a bit lighter- made with a mixture of wine and stock, rather than the sauce solely being made from wine. Traditionally it a slow-cooked casserole dish, using whole chicken legs, but this is a quicker version for those busy weekdays. Biggest budget tip- if you're trying to cut food costs, but still have a carnivore to feed (as meat is expensive!), bulk up your meal with plenty of vegetables- as you can see, I have used the same amount of mushrooms than chicken in this dish.

Cheap Cheat’s Chicken Chasseur (serves 3)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
275g mushrooms, quartered
200ml red wine
20g tomato puree
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped(plus extra for garnish)
275g Leftover roast chicken (dark meat preferably)
300ml chicken stock
1 rounded tsp plain flour, mixed with a little water.
Salt and pepper to taste.

1. Fry the onion, thyme, carrot and mushrooms in the olive oil for 10 minutes. Add the red wine and tomato puree and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2. Add the parsley, chicken and stock, and cook on a medium heat for a further 15 minutes. Add the flour mixture, and cook on a low heat for a further 15 minutes, stirring often.
3. Season to taste and serve, garnish with extra parsley if desired.

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