Preparation and Cooking Time: 1h 15
This is one of my go to dishes when cooking for a large group of people. It’s a real crowd pleaser. The richness of the chorizo, the acidity of the vinegar and the sweetness of the tomatoes makes it a flavoursome, moreish and hearty meal.
6 Chicken Thighs
Half a Stick of Chorizo (diced into rough half centimetre cubes)
1 Tin of Tomatoes (or fresh cherry tomatoes)
6 Medium Sized Potatoes (diced into rough centimetre cubes)
1 Can of Cider
1 Large Red Onion (diced)
Salt and Pepper
4 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
Optional- Herbs (I like to use basil)
Approximate Cost of Dish- £5.03
- Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade, or gas mark 6.
- Add your potatoes to a saucepan of boiling water and drain them when they become soft (you can check this using a knife – be careful not to burn yourself).
- Debone your chicken thighs. To do this, you must slice along each side of the bone, and then slice underneath it. The bone will come away from the thigh with a little persuasion! Alternatively, you could buy boneless thighs, or ask your butcher to debone them for you.
- Fry the chicken thighs skin side down in a frying pan until golden and crispy. Then remove them from the pan and slice them into strips. Your chicken does not need to be fully cooked at this point.
- Proceed to fry your chorizo cubes, in the same pan that you fried your chicken, for four minutes.
- Add your diced onion to the frying chorizo and allow to fry for another five minutes.
- Open the tin of tomatoes and add to the pan, alongside the onion and chorizo, and continue to fry for two minutes.
- Add the chicken, chorizo, onion, tomato and potatoes to a casserole dish.
- Into the now empty frying pan, pour 300mls of your can of cider. Cook for roughly 6 minutes on a high heat, then add your balsamic vinegar and your optional herbs. Pour the contents of the pan into the casserole dish.
- Season the dish well with salt and pepper and stir the stew so that all of its elements are mixed together.
- Cook in your pre-heated oven for 40 minutes.
- Serve with a good quality bread to mop up the delicious sauce. Enjoy with the same cider you used for the sauce.