A few weeks ago I was spending a lazy Sunday morning doing my absolute favorite thing: watching cooking shows. I happened upon the beautiful Nigella Lawson cooking in her quant and quirky UK-based kitchen. This particular episode was all about meals that are easy to put together in a hurry. I was excited to catch the episode at the perfect moment: Nigella was introducing a recipe for chicken and chorizo.
If you have experience in the United States with this deep red and slightly spicy pork sausage, you’ve probably eaten Chorizo of the Mexican variety. This is actually my favorite kind of chorizo. It is made with ground pork, dried sausages, paprika, and a whole host of spices and other seasonings. It is delicious. I want to eat it on everything. EVERYTHING. There are also other varieties that tend to be a dried sausage that can be eaten without cooking – these are Spanish and Portuguese styles of chorizo.
So, when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it at home. Since then I’ve made this dish on a regular basis with a few changes. It is delicious, easy, and super-filling.
Recipe after the jump! Chicken and Chorizo
Total Time: 1 hour
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking & Cooling Time: 40 minutes
What You’ll Need…
- 2 pounds chicken (I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts – use the chicken of your choice)
- 2 small chorizo sausages – casings removed
- 2 pounds new potatoes
- 1/2 large sweet onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- zest of 1 medium orange
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
How You Make It Happen…
- Preheat the oven to 400°
- Dice the onion, potato, garlic, and chicken and add to a large sheet pan.
- Remove the casings from your chorizo sausages and break up onto the sheet pan.
- Add olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and orange zest.
- Toss together before placing in oven.
- Cook at 400° for 35 minutes, tossing halfway through.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve in a deep bowl with a sprinkling of shredded cheese on top.
This dish is so yummy. The slight, sweet flavor of orange comes through with the spicy chorizo. The chicken is moist and perfectly cooked as it bastes in the juice of the sausage as it cooks. I love it. LOVE IT!
Try this recipe next time you get a chance!