Saturday, 9 February 2008

Nigella's Sicilian Vinegar Chicken

Another recipe from Nigella Lawsons forever summer, this chicken dish might seem odd at first to some. believe me the flavours really work & the result is something special for very little effort. great served with crusty bread to dip into the delicious sauce.

1 onion

100ml olive oil

1 chicken (approx. 2-2.25kg, skinned and jointed into 8 pieces)*

Maldon salt and black pepper

250ml chicken stock (fake is fine)

125ml dry white wine

125ml red wine vinegar

juice of half a lemon

handful of fresh parsley, chopped, plus extra for sprinkling over at the end

small handful fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus extra for sprinkling over at the end

2 large tomatoes

Finely chop the onion and fry it gently, with some salt sprinkled over to stop it catching, in 4 TBSP (60ml - UK tbsps here) of the olive oil in a wide, heavy-bottomed pan for about 5 minutes, until it's softened but not browned.

Arrange the chicken pieces over the onion and season well with salt and pepper. Pour over the chicken stock, wine, vinegar and lemon juice then sprinkle the parsley and basil over the top. Bring the pan to the boil and then cover and simmer gently for about 45 minutes.
Remove the lid and simmer away for about another 15 minutes, by which time the liquid should have reduced a little and the chicken itself be well cooked.

Blanch the tomatoes by putting them in a bowl and pouring over some boiling water from a kettle. Leave them there for 3 minutes or so then tumble them out, skin them, quarter them, remove the viscous glob of seeds and roughly chop the pink-red flesh. Mix them in a small bowl along with the remaining olive oil and some salt and pepper. I should admit here that I sometimes don't bother to blanch and peel the tomatoes, simply just deseed and chop them.
When the chicken is ready, remove the pieces to a large shallow bowl and, if you want the sauce any thicker, let it bubble away over a high heat to reduce further. If you've taken the blanched, peeled tomato route, then stir the tomato mixture into the sauce and pour it over the chicken waiting in the dish. If you've simply chopped the unpeeled tomatoes, then first pour the sauce over the chicken and then tumble the tomatoes around and, scantily, on top. Just before serving - which could be now or a whole lot later - sprinkle over a little more parsley and basil. Serves 4.


Rosie said...

I haven't tried this recipe yet of Nigella's but viewing your lovely delicious dish I am very, very tempted now! :D Great post!!

Rosie x

Robin said...

Yum! Sounds and looks delicious. I am a big fan of Nigella myself these days. I made a recipe out of her Nigella Express book this weekend.