NM Mediterranean Chicken and Chickpeas

    1 hour 20 min

    Chicken, chickpeas, brown rice and a combination of herbs and spices are cooked in a tomato-vegetable stew.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 2-3 chicken breasts
    • 400g tin chickpeas
    • 400g tin tomatoes
    • 2 cups brown rice
    • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
    • ½ tablespoon coriander seeds
    • ¼ teaspoon saffron stamens
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 large yellow pepper
    • 1 large green pepper
    • 1 large onion
    • 1 tablespoons olive oil
    • ½ oz (15 g) fresh coriander
    • 1 clove garlic, chopped
    • 1 fresh chilli, finely chopped
    • 150 ml good chicken stock
    • 75 ml dry white wine
    • salt and freshly milled black pepper

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4, 350°F (180°C).
    2. Place a small frying pan over medium heat, add the cumin and coriander seeds and toss them around in a hot pan for about 2-3 minutes or until they start to change colour. Remove and crush them coarsely and transfer to a plate. Next, crush the saffron stamens to a powder with the pestle and mortar, then add the lemon juice, stirring well.
    3. Prepare the chicken cutting each breast into 3-4 pieces and season with salt and pepper. Cut the onion and peppers into large chunks. Heat some olive oil in a flameproof casserole and brown the chicken pieces on all sides. Remove the chicken pieces to a plate.
    4. Add some more oil and turn the heat to its highest setting. When the oil is very hot, add the peppers and onions and cook them until their edges are slightly blackened. Add the the garlic, chillies, crushed spices, the chickpeas, tomatoes and rice, and give everything a good stir.
    5. Season well with salt and pepper, then add the lemon and saffron mixture to the stock and wine , pour it all in to the casserole and stir well. Place the pieces of chicken on top of everything. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and place in the pre-heated oven for 1 hour or until the rice and chickpeas are tender. Garnish with coriander just before serving.

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