September 13th, 2010

{recipe} Roast Chicken, Chorizo and Garbanzo Beans

I may have created this dish on the fly, but I must have had cassoulet on the brain. My dutch oven filled with crisped poultry, roasted sausage and beans, the resemblance to the rustic classic recipe was clear. But, instead of duck, herbs de provence and other French ingredients, I used chorizo, garbanzo beans and cilantro to create a Spanish version. And, let me tell you, it’s quite tasty.

(You listening, Spain?!)

Though essentially peasant food, cassoulet can be an intense dish to take on. This is not. Remember: I pulled this dish together on the fly. I had chicken. That seemed boring. While running errands, I noticed fresh chorizo at my local specialty food store. That seemed exciting. Just the two together seemed, well, a bit of a meat fest. Enter beans, and voila. Or should I say, aja! (Yes, I actually looked up how to translate “voila” into Spanish and that’s the best I could come up with. Have better?!)

Between browning and roasting in the oven, this takes about 45 minutes, largely unattended. With no chopped onions or garlic, there’s hardly any prep (the chorizo gives this dish plenty of flavor). Save the effort for a salad and veggies.

Oh! And I can’t forget to tell you that I served this—to the adults!—with Portuguese piri piri. A tiny dash of the firey sauce was the perfect finish to this one-pot meal. If you don’t have or can’t make your own piri piri, add a splash of your favorite hot sauce.

Roast Chicken and Chorizo with Garbanzo Beans
serves 4
(can be shared with kids 8+ mos)*

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
salt and pepper
1 lb fresh chorizo, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
2 15 oz cans garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
1/3 c chicken broth
1 c chopped tomatoes
cilantro
piri piri or other hot sauce, optional

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and sear one side in the hot oil. When browned, flip and add chorizo. Brown the second side of the chicken thighs and chorizo. Take the pot off of the heat and drain 90% of the fat.

2. Add beans, broth and tomatoes. Stir to bring all the ingredients together before putting in the hot oven. Roast for 30 minutes.

3. Take pot out of the oven. The sauce should have thickened up a bit and the meat should be cooked through and crispy in spots. Stir in some chopped cilantro—as much as you like—and place on a serving platter. Top with a little more cilantro and serve with hot sauce.

*Note: Puree or cut up chickpeas and tomatoes for youngest eaters. Add chicken and/or sausage for those kids eating meat. Be sure they get a taste of the cilantro to excited those taste buds, but you might want to keep the hot sauce at bay!

7 Responses

  1. I can see this being a super hit with my daughter. Love one pot meals

  2. Rosie says:

    This looks really good. I love it how you did NOT add onions, garlic or other aromatics, relying instead on the flavor of the chorizo to give the dish its punch. Sometimes the chopping of those things can add just enough effort to the prep time to make a dish seem seem to onerous (with a hungry toddler underfoot) for a quick weeknight meal. If nothing else, I’ll remember this tip for future meals. Thank you!

  3. Mariko says:

    Yes, this reminds me of cassoulet (but so much easier, which means I might actually make it!). It looks so yummy.

  4. One Hungry Mama says:

    TOTALLY! I used to never ever skip onion, garlic & aromatics, but you couldn’t be more right: sometimes they are more effort than they are worth, especially when trying to keep things quick. Chorizo is a great ingredient that already has such strong flavor, especially garlic and paprika. It’s plenty. Glad you appreciated that! :)

  5. One Hungry Mama says:

    me too. cant go wrong when clean up is easy!

  6. One Hungry Mama says:

    the chorizo makes this so full of flavor. let me know if you try it!

  7. I’ve invited the family to ours this xmas for a big dinner, so the roast is pretty central to that.. I found a ton of ideas at this roast recipe site, but cant seem to decide on one in particular – there’s so many to choose from! It is fun planning such a big family meal though!

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