Pan fried Chicken with Rosemary, Garlic & Red Chillies + White Soda Bread

On the days when I have to go to work, dinner is always a mad rush since Ashleigh is hungry coming back from net net (he calls Jeanette that because he loooooves her hehe), he’s always demanding food when I’m slaved over the stove. “Just a sec, mummy’s cooking!” I shout.

So yesterday lunch time I went back home and made a head start, marinating the chicken portions so I can simply pan fry them when I get home, and dinner is done! This recipe is actually inspired by Aldo Zilli’s “Baby Chicken Diavola” in my trusty recipe book. Only difference is that I used chicken thighs and drumsticks where Aldo used poussins, and I pan fried them whereas Aldo roasted them.

So here’s how to do it:

1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 red chilli
1 sprig of rosemary
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon of coarse sea salt

Put the peppercorns into a pestle and mortar, crush! Think about your nemesis, enemies or whoever upset you. Grind them, then add all of the other ingredients. Give them a good crushing, then rub the mixture over your chicken pieces.

Then I popped them back in the fridge, made a cup of tea, drank it and went back to work.

And when I came back from work with a hungry toddler, I simply heat up 2 tablespoon of olive oil on high heat, brown both sides of the chicken (about 5 mins skin side then 3 mins underside). Chop up a plum tomato, some green beans (these are optional, but I love some veg), sprinkle over the chicken, put a splosh of white wine in (I’ve put in about 100ml but it’s up to you). Then turn the heat down and loosely put a lid on it. Meanwhile I cook my rice, and about 25 minutes later you have your very yummy pan fried chicken with rice!

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Well because dinner was so easy, after Ashleigh’s gone to bed I felt like I should do something. So I made soda bread. This is a really really easy bread to make, it took about 10 minutes from gathering ingredients to putting in the oven, so you better pre-heat your oven a bit earlier to make sure it’s hot enough!

This recipe is from Rachel Allen’s white soda bread, I think my dough was a bit sticky but it turned out fine, it’s lovely with jam and butter, and it certainly will be nice as a sandwich as well! I think next time I’ll tweak the recipe a bit, so I’ll post the recipe next time instead.

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