One pot chicken and wild mushrooms stew. And some veg.
Another warming dish, great for the cold days and nights that are still around. Chicken and wild mushrooms go great together, and in this dish the marriage of flavours is great.
The sauce is thick and rich with plenty of vegetables, with some spice and smokiness added from the paprika and chipotle chilies. Use the best chicken you can get, and the same with the mushrooms, as with these two ingredients, the more expensive, the better.
- 2 organic corn fed chicken legs
- 150g wild mushrooms (girolles, chanterelle)
- 2 sping onions (red), 1 carrot, 3 baby red pepper (or 1 large)
- 100g piece of courgette or marrow
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 1-2 chipotle chili (dried smoked jalapeno chilies, optional)
- 1 tablespoon of flour for dusting
- salt, pepper, paprika (smoked, sweet or hot)
- 50 ml olive oil
- fresh chili and parsley (optional)
- Start by chopping all the vegetables as fine as you can. Apart from the mushrooms…well they’re not a vegetable anyway.
- Heat the oil in a pan. Dust the chicken with flour and shake off the excess. Place into the pan, and let them seal to catch on colour and flavour on all sides. Remove.
- In the same pan, same oil, drop the finely chopped vegetable and cook until they are quite soft. Now add the spices and stir well.
- Place the chicken back into the pan. Pour in some water (or chicken stock) just about to cover the chicken. Bring to a low simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.
- Once the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is nice and thick, add the wild mushrooms and cook, again gently, for another 10 minutes.
- Serve on a bed of soft polenta, and garnish with some sliced chilies and freshly chopped parsley.
For the polenta, bring 400ml of water to a slow simmer with a pinch of salt. Slowly add 150g of polenta flour, mix, and keep mixing until thick and done.
The quantities of water and flour can sometimes be tricky, as there are quite a few types and brands of flour. Experiment, leave to simmer for longer, or if too thick, add more water.
Other popular recipes in this category:
- Best Romanian chicken paprikash with flour dumplings.
- Traditional cabbage rolls (sarmale) stuffed with minced pork and smoked meats.
- Chicken and noodles soup.