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Spanish chicken with chorizo

Spanish chicken with chorizo

Serves: 4 Prepare: 20 minutes Cook: 1 1/4 hours

  • 8 large free-range chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g (9oz) mini cooking chorizo, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 red and yellow peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 200g can chopped Italian tomatoes
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 150ml (1/4 pint) dry white wine
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped parsley, to garnish

A real family favourite at any time of the year. Whole chicken thighs with skin and bone give the best flavour, but you can use any chicken joints. Try Romano peppers for their sweet flavour, but if you're in a hurry, substitute a jar of ready-grilled peppers. Serve with baked potatoes and broccoli in winter; with bread and a salad in summer.

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C / fan oven 170C / Gas Mark 5. Season the chicken pieces. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole and cook the chicken thighs on a high heat on all sides until golden brown. Do this in two batches. Drain on kitchen paper.
  2. Add the chorizo to the pan and cook for a minute, then add the onion, garlic and peppers. Stir over a medium heat for 5 minutes until starting to brown then add the tomatoes, bay leaves, wine and seasoning to the pan. Return the chicken pieces to the pan and bring to the boil. Cover the pan and transfer to the oven for an hour until the chicken is completely cooked through. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Busy mum's lifesaver: Mini cooking chorizo is now available in the supermarket or good delis and really makes a difference to the end result of this dish. Use cubed pancetta or sliced regular chorizo in an emergency.

The Busy Mum's Cookbook and The Busy Mum's Vegetarian Cookbook by Mary Gwynn are both published by Simon & Schuster for £20 hardback. On Friday 7 June Mary will be demonstrating recipes from her Busy Mum's cookbooks at Wealden Times Midsummer Fair in the Chefs' Theatre.

Photographs: David Merewether