This recipe will help out with that problem by cooking the chicken in a spicy and piquant sauce with a red wine base to add depth of flavour.
This is a big and hearty casserole that is still cheap to make, but which will feed a family of four comfortably.
Spicy Chicken CasseroleServes: 4
Ingredients:5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 whole chicken (about 1.6kg [3 1/2 lbs]), jointed
1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
250ml (1 cup) red wine
2 tbsp tomato purée
450ml (2 cups, scant), hot water
1 cinnamon stick
4 whole allspice berries
salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Method:Heat the oil in a large pan or flame-proof casserole. Add the chicken pieces and brown on all sides (ensure that the skin is cooked and slightly lifts away from the flesh). Lift the chicken pieces out of the pan and set aside to keep warm.
Add the chopped onion and fry over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until soft and translucent but not coloured.
Return the chicken pieces to the pan, pour over the wine and cook for 3 minutes, or until reduced slightly.
Stir the tomato purée into the hot water then add to the pan along with the cinnamon, allspice and bayleaves. Season with salt and black pepper then cover the pan and cook gently for 1 hour or until the chicken pieces are tender.
Serve hot, accompanied by fried potatoes, or rice, or orzo pasta or couscous.
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