I just found this yummy recipe that I copied from my Irish friend MT’s cook book* (that I coincidentally gave her when she left Brussels!!) when we were visiting her in Ireland in May 2006. We haven’t seen each other since, but fortunately she and her boyfriend B are arriving to Puerto Rico in less than two weeks – I can’t wait! MT is the reason that O and I are together… Well, or at least that we met, and she is a very dear friend to both of us.
Anyway, so to the recipe, which I haven’t made in ages, and would love to make it again – but O is not too interested in eating chicken at home since he eats it almost every day at work. Puerto Ricans love their arroz con pollo (y habichuelas)** and since O eats in the canteen, chicken is what he gets!
Oven-baked chicken with chorizo & artichokes
a small jar of artichoke hearts in oil (can be excluded if you don’t like artichokes…)
4-6 chicken breasts
1 large onion – chopped
100 grams chorizo, sliced
350 grams long-grain rice
150 ml dry white wine
600 ml chicken stock
parsley – roughly chopped
olive oil (if you are not using artichokes)
Fry the chicken breasts in the oil from the artichokes for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove from frying pan. Add more oil from the artichoke jar, lighthly fry the chopped onion in the oil and add the chorizo and rice and cook for another 2 minutes.
Place the rice, onion & chorizo in an oven-proof dish – add the artichokes and chicken breast, pushing the pieces into the rice. Pour the wine and stock on top and cover with aluminium foil. Bake in the oven 180 C / 350 F ~35-40 minutes or until the rice is done (you might have to add some water).
Decorate with the chopped parsley and serve!
It has been a while, so here’s a challenge and list:
A challenge received by Marianne in Cairo:
5 things in my fridge freezer (thanks Anna for pointing out my mistake!!):
– An almost empty bottle of ron cañita with parcha flavour***
– Various bottles of normal rhum, limoncello, frangelico and snaps – we don’t drink a lot of alcohol so it usually just stays in the freezer…
– Home-made meatballs but only 3 left so I need to make another batch soon
– Flour – we had bugs in the flour when I came back from Europe but thanks to Marianne I am now freezing it!
– Ice – our ice machine is in over-production mode for some reason and I think we need to empty the ice compartment…
5 things in my wardrobe:
– My new red shoes that I bought in Sweden together with my sister (she also bought a pair) but haven’t worn yet
– Winter clothes packed in vacuum-bags – I am longing to take them out but will have to wait until Christmas
– A pair of fluffy flip-flops that O had bought me as a joke (I hope!) for my arrival last year – too hot to wear in Puerto Rico and they are quite hideous!
– O’s shirts – except for those that I should be ironing right now instead of blogging…
– A bag full of bags – I don’t know when I became so girly but nowadays I have sooo many shoes and handbags, I think it might have happened when I started working? And now I don’t work, so I don’t use half of all the shoes, handbags or clothes in my wardrobe
5 things in my bathroom cabinet (drawer in this case):
– A new cream for the eczema in my face, given to me by our neighbour yesterday – a dermatologist! I suspect that the hot and humid climate is the culprit here, as I haven’t had such a big problem since I lived in hot & humid Italy
– Dental floss that I never use – even though we get it for free from O’s company – I lie to my dentist every year saying that I do.. 😉
– Baby lotion in a pink bottle that I bought at Penn Station in February when my luggage had been lost. I find the smell very strong and question if it is really good for babies? I have run out of my normal body lotion (Nivea) and haven’t been to Walgreens to buy a new bottle…
– Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse that my friend P No 1 gave me this summer – I am still not sure how to use it and need to ask her!
– Favourite perfumes: Green Tea Spray by Elizabeth Arden, Deep Red by Hugo Boss and Romance by Ralph Lauren
*) The cook book is by BBC Chef Ainsley
**) Rice with chicken (and beans)
***) Parcha is the Puerto Rican word for passion fruit (in Spanish it is called fruta de pasión or granadilla) and shhh… home-made rhum is illegal but O bought it from a “contact” just before Christmas. It is part of the Puerto Rican experience apparently to try it, so we always give a shot to our visitors 😀