Simple Suppers: Spanish Chicken

November 5, 2015 , In: Family Friendly Meal, Mains , With: 2 Comments

I was recently watching a television show and one of the characters said something that stuck with me.  They said ‘it’s awful being a grownup.  Life is a carousel and you can’t get off.’

I mean, that’s a bit dramatic (it is a TV drama after all) but it resonated with me.

Once you become an adult you have all these responsibilities and dreams to fulfill.  Once you are a parent?  It’s an endless cycle of breakfast, dinners, diapers, potty breaks, tantrums and breaking up fights.  I’ve been thinking about it and I really think the ultimate goal in life is to be able to outsource all the crap you don’t like to do.

I dream of just one week where I don’t have to think about meal planning.  About breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Worrying if there is enough food in the fridge or if there’s something I’m missing.  I just find it so tedious… especially with a less than receptive audience.

But that isn’t going to happen so I have to keep trying recipes and see if they are hit or miss.

This one was surprisingly a hit with both my 3 year old and 1 year old.  And it was super easy.

It takes a long time to cook, but is pretty impressive when it comes out.  It would be a nice weekend meal.  If you have the time during the day to make it, it’s just long to cook but not long to prep.

The original recipe is here, but I changed it slightly.  I only used one can of beans instead of two because, well, that’s a lot of beans.  And I used mixed beans because that’s what I had.  I skipped the yoghurt sauce and bread because I thought it was fine as is.

Other reasons this is good:

-lemony goodness


-uses a whole chicken which I find costs almost as much as two chicken breasts

-looks like way more work than it actually is

-one pot

Spanish Chicken |

Spanish Chickpeas with chorizo, potatoes and chickpeas
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An easy one pot using a whole chicken.
  • 2 lemons cut into quarters
  • whole chicken
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 220g chorizo ring cut into chunks
  • 1 cup wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • pinch of saffron
  • 400g can mixed beans
  • small handful of parsley, roughly chopped
  1. Heat oven to 400F
  2. Insert 1 lemon that has been quartered into the chicken cavity.
  3. Place chicken in the middle of a big roasting tin
  4. Sprinkle with paprika and then drizzle with olive oil
  5. Toss in the potatoes and chorizo chunks around the chicken
  6. Cover with a tent of foil and roast for 30 minutes
  7. Remove foil from tin and baste the chicken with the juices.
  8. Add the rest of the lemon wedges to the potatoes and chorizo
  9. In the meantime combine the stock, wine and saffron.
  10. Pour the stock mixture into the tin and stir together with lemon wedges, potato and chorizo. Also throw in the drained and rinsed beans.
  11. Cook another 30 minutes.
  12. Once chicken is cooked through, sprinkle over the chopped parsley.

I’m curious – what would you guys outsource?

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    • Shawna
    • November 5, 2015

    Can’t wait to try this Mich. I’ve been in meal planning hell as well. As for what I’d outsource…laundry!

      • Michelle
      • November 5, 2015

      I’d totally outsource cleaning up the highchair/underneath the highchair and dishes… so many dishes!

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