Don't quote me on it, but I think this might have been my first time poaching chicken. And possibly my last. I definitely prefer baking for taste and texture but I was happy to have tried it.
The cannellini, chorizo and kale was lovely - and generous. A great idea for a side, the smoky sausage really brought out the best in the beans. The recipe says serves one. I made the meal according to the recipe (needing a little more time for the chicken and also serving it all on a bed of baby spinach) and added one extra breast to make the meal serve two. We still had leftovers. Nigella has a big appetite.
Chicken with Chorizo and Cannellini
Recipe courtesy Nigella Lawson
Show: Nigella Bites Episode: TV Dinners
2 cups chicken stock
1 free-range chicken supreme (or skinless breast)
Approximately 4 1/2-ounces trimmed kale (a generous 1/2 cup)
1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil (not extra-virgin)
4 ounces chorizo sausage, sliced then chopped
1 (14-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
Smoked sweet paprika, for garnish
In a saucepan, bring the stock to a gentle boil, lower in the chicken and cook, still gently, for 10 minutes or until all trace of pink has disappeared. Pierce with the point of a knife to check.
Meanwhile, cook the kale, which you've roughly torn into pieces, in boiling salted water for about 5 minutes (if it's tough) and drain. Then heat the oil in a frying pan, throw in the chopped chorizo, add the drained cannellini and, stirring, warm everything through, moistening with a couple of tablespoons or so of the chicken stock - or more if you want this soupier.
Tip the beans and chorizo into a shallow bowl or lipped plate, roughly arrange the kale on top (drizzling with a little extra-virgin olive oil if you like) and then lift the cooked chicken out of the stock with a spatula and sit this on top of the kale. Sprinkle the pale chicken breast with the paprika and gaze at your Spanish still life of a supper before eating it.
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Nigella's Chicken with Chorizo and Cannellini for I Heart Cooking Clubs Pot Luck