QUICK & EASY MIDDLE EASTERN CHICKEN with A PORTUGUESE SOUP

26 Aug

I love Birthdays and am so sure u do too!

So lets play pretend and think that hey today is a birthday and lets make some quick and easy Chicken for all.

I have cakes for everybody…blow a candle …make a wish….and let us all gorge…


Also as much as some delicious eastern chicken and some fantastic of goodies everbodys bringing along ….SO wish could add a linky here so that everybody could add their goodies for u….


And i have taken care of the take aways too …ballons for all and Winnie will jus be back in a bit with cute little jars of honey too….


And yeah we have party caps too n loads of lemonade and chocolate delights…..


Come one …..come All……TO EXPIRIENCE A FEST OF LOVE AND…..

 

 

 

AND WE ARE SOON GOING TO CUT THE BIRTHDAY CAKE TOO.….

 

 

 

 

 

Middle eastern festival,fest and carnival……FULL OF MIDDLE EAST LOVE………AND A HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND EVERYBODY HERE SINGING ….”LETS ALL SING THE BIRTHDAY SONG…..”


LETS ALL SING ALONG….LETS ALL SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY …HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO U……

 

 

 

 With music ,dance and song…….

and belling dancing too….

And delicious fingerlicking food………


AND LOADS OF DELICIOUS CAKE & BALLONS TOO……..

 

 

 

Is that how an ad would go like if u were having a festival in reality…. 

 


 

 

 

AND MAKES ME LOVE MY POOH BOTTLE OF HONEY ALL THE MORE.

 

 

So here’s my chicken which we all so lovedddddddddddddd coz it simply , deliciously satisfied our sweety palate …..

 

 

 

Can a combi of honey and pepper go wrong????

 

Add caramalised onion and baby u have an way excelled perfecto combo…….

 

 

 

Its middle eastern so all i could think of was mashed potato with loads of tahini & cilantro……in a thumbs print scoop of mashed potato…..

 

Can it get any better ….yeah it sure can ….if u skip to ur kitchen right now…ofcourz u’ll have all the ingredients in the pantry  join in the fun too…..

 

 

 

 

 

For now am going to feast on the leftovers and maybe fix my self a pita sandwhich with hummous….sounds goooddddd………

it sure is……

 

 

 


Chicken with Caramelized Baby Onions and Honey

 

Serves 4, adapted from Claudia Roden’s Arabesque (an AMAZING cookbook)

FOR MIDDLE EASTERN REGIONAL FLAVOURS

 

 

 

1 lb pearl onions/shallots/babyonions

1 onion

(I CHOPPED NORMAL PINK ONIONS IN SLICE N CUBES FOR BOTH)


2 tbsp olive oil

a pinch of saffron

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 lb chicken (I used breasts FILLETS)

salt and pepper to taste (lots of pepper if u like things hot here)

1 1/2 tbsp honey

1 bell pepper


NOTES-

 

 

 

*HAD MARINATED FILLETS(BREAST) PRICKED ALL OVER, WITH THE SAME FLAVOURS-

 SALT(or stock powder) ,

 

 

 

*Freshly crushed  ginger,

 

 

 

 

*white , black & pink pepper crushed ,


 *lime juice ,honey & sesame oil.


 *A little bit of it all an hour or so before cooking…..


 HERE’S WHAT THE MARINATED FILLETS LOOK LIKE…..

 

AND HERE TOO…..

 

 

Peel the pearl onions. Chop the onion and the bell pepper.


Saute the chopped onion and pepper until softened in the oil over a medium heat in a pan or casserole large enough to hold the chicken in one layer. Stir in the saffron, ginger and cinnamon, then put in the chicken pieces. Season with salt and pepper and turn to brown them lightly all over.


A PINCH OF SUGAR N SALT DOES HELP IN CARAMALIZING THE ONIONS REAL GOOD…….


Add about 1 cup water(added the juices of the chicken marinade) and cook, covered, over a low heat, turning the pieces over, for 15 minutes, or until the chicken breasts are done. Lift out the breasts and put them to one side in a glass bowl and cover with foil…



 Add the shallots or baby onions.


Stir the honey into the pan. Check the seasoning. You need quite a bit of pepper to mitigate the sweetness. 


 Cook, uncovered, until all the water has evaporated and the onions are brown, caramelized.



Return the chicken to the pan. Spoon the onions on top of them and heat through. Serve.


 

 

ABSOLUTELLY DELICIOUS FLAVOURS….THE SWEETNESS OF THE HONEY HEIGHTENED BY THE DEPTH OF THE CARAMALIZED ONIONS….AND BITE OF THE CRUSHED PEPPER AND WARMTH OF THE GINGER…..


A DEFINATELY MAKE AGAIN…SO QUICK TO PUT BY TOO….IE IF JOANNE DOESNT COME UP WITH ANOTHER ELICIOUS RECIPE TO NEGOTIATE NEXT MONT…:-))))))))))

 

 

 

CANJINHA DE GALINHA….

 THought i’ll add this to this post ,not only coz we had it the same day as the middle eastern chicken but also coz its kinda regional….portuguese is regional aint it?…..

Which is simply basically a delicious chicken soup , with rice added , where  all the ingredients in a pressure cooker and serve it wit PORTUGUESE OILVE OIL (extra virgin) and PORTUGUESE OLIVES……



Am sure there are as many variaitons as households who simmer this one and i think this is so good for a slow cooker too…..


We have a few variations oursleves and this is one…..



1) a few pieces of chicken(any cut or boneless as desired)

2) some basmati rice

3) a few cloves pierced to halved onions

4)some crushed garlic

5)salt to taste


~~~Place all of the above in the pot ur cooking in and ur done……

SERVE WIT EXTRA VIRGIN PORTUGUESE OLIVE OIL or ANY OF UR FAV AND LOADS OF PORTUGUESE OILVES….


Healthy, hearty and filling too…….

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