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Chicken & Chickpea Hot Pot


Forgive the photos, this was a quick mid-week dinner after a rough day at work. What it lacks in presentation, it makes up for in taste! I loosely based the meal on this recipe, but added extra vegetables like green beans, red and green capsicums and lots of zucchini to fill it out with more veggies.



  1. Heat half of the vegetable oil in a large pan. Add the chicken thighs and fry, turning frequently, until lightly browned all over. Remove from the pan and keep warm.
  2. Add a little more oil to the pan, then add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and chilli and cook for five minutes. Add a splash of red wine and simmer until reduced by half.
  3. In another pan, heat the remaining oil and fry the chorizo for 2-3 minutes. Add the sherry and cook until the chorizo is crisp. Set aside.
  4. Add the can of chopped tomatoes to the pan with the vegetables and bring to the boil. Cook for five minutes, then add the stock and bring back to the boil.
  5. Add the browned chicken, the chickpeas and crisp chorizo and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is completely cooked through. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with crusty bread.
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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in Delish Dinners


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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned schnitzel?

Over the years, I’ve tried weird and wonderful in my travels, restaurant hopping and recipe-scouring, but time after time, I find myself indulging in one of my favourite comfort foods, chicken schnitzel.

Everyone you talk to will tell you about their mother/grandmother/aunt/friend/cousin/lady who owns the local cafe and how they make The Best Schnitzel Ev-ah and they will carry on about that extra ingredient or that secret recipe.

Everyone likes to brag that their schnitzel is best. I remember early in our marriage, one of the first ‘silent treatments’ my husband got from me was when I overheard him on the phone praising his grandmother’s schnitzel as “the best schnitzel I’ve ever had”. Guess who didn’t get any ‘special cuddle time’ for a week! Ever since then, my schnitzel confidence was shaky at best.

In the last few years, I found myself looking for ways to introduce new flavours to the good old fashioned schnitzel and am proud to report that we enjoy this delicious parmesan-crusted chicken regularly. Other alternatives we also enjoy are having chopped herbs or pesto mixed in with the breadcrumbs, Moroccan seasoning, lemon rind and garlic mixed through the breadrumbs or ginger and sesame seeds for that extra crunch.

You can serve this with creamed spinach, steamed baby carrots and garlic mash or with a light, fresh and healthy salad.


  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup dried multigrain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 4 (125g each) chicken breasts, skin off
  • vegetable oil, for shallow frying
  • lemon wedges, to serve


  1. Place flour on one plate, eggs in a shallow bowl and breadcrumbs, parmesan, parsley and salt and pepper on separate plate.
  2. Using a meat mallet, pound chicken breast to even, thin schnitzels. Lightly coat 1 schnitzel in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in egg then breadcrumb mixture and set aside. Repeat with remaining schnitzels, flour, egg and breadcrumb mixture.
  3. Pour oil into a large frying pan, enough to deep-fry the schnitzels. Heat over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Cook schnitzels for about 4 minutes each side or until golden. Drain on absorbent paper.
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Posted by on September 10, 2010 in Delish Dinners, Luscious Lunches


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