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02 May 2009 @ 06:39 pm
Chicken Primavera on pasta  
I found myself shopping for food today and I had an idea what I wanted to cook and the recipe turned out way better than I had expected. Oo

So I'm gonna share:
(note, recipe might be subject to changes - especially in the spice section)

Ingredients (per person/small portion):
100-150g of pasta, uncooked
1 upper thigh or small breast of a chicken with skin, boneless
1 shallot or tiny, mild onion
2-3 artichoke hearts
6-10 green olives, without stone and without pimento (those belong in Martinis!)
salt, pepper, (garlic) oil, green pesto, paprika 'n other spices you like

1. Bring some water to boil with a lot of salt for the pasta. Preheat oven to about 180°C.
2. Remove whatever bones might be left on the chicken, also take care to remove sinews and cartilage - unless you like the crunchy'n'chewy stuff. Season the chicken with pepper, salt and paprika (and some other herbs you can think of - parsley sage, rosemary, thyme... whatever floats your boat).
3. Chop shallot in fine rings, cut olives in not so fine rings and halve the artichoke hearts. I had halved artichoke hearts already and thus ultimately quartered them.
4. Heat a frying pan and put in the chicken, skin down. Take the heat down and fry until the skin is nice and crunchy, turn around and add shallot.
5. In the mean time, grease up a baking tray with the oil, put the artichoke hearts on and lightly season with the pesto. Add the olive rings, the chicken with the skin side up and shallots.
6. Put in the oven for about 12min.
7. Drain pasta, arrange on a plate. Mix with slightly roasted artichokes, shallots and olives. Cut chicken into slices and put on top.

Took me about 20 minutes cooking time, maybe another 10-15 to prepare the chicken. If you take chicken breasts (usually boneless anyway and very little sinews and cartilage) you'll be under half an hour for sure. They just didn't have any chicken breast with skin and I so wanted crispy chicken skin today. <3

I'll probably make some Baileys Lattes again tonight (hot milk with cold Baileys Coffee) and just relax. Maybe I'll finally read "Exit Music"...
( Have you seen my meds? )
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the oncoming whirlwind: cs: casanova - oh yes!scap3goat on May 3rd, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I love cooking, but usually I don't remember what exactly I'm doing. But this time, I was pleasantly surprised! Also, the chicken thighs were just so tender. *____*
I guess it's because its multiple muscles and the skin with its fat. It was simply yummy.
Mh... that would also make a great pasta salad, though, without the chicken skin, and some greek cheese, maybe.