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 Spanish Chicken & Mash Recipe

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Spanish Chicken and Mashed Potato

Top quality chicken fried in garlic infused olive oil produces a simple but delicious meal. Combine that mashed potato and olive oil for a perfect but simple to cook taste of Spain.

KEY POINTS
 Preparation Time: 10 minutes  Cooking Time:  40 minutes
 How Difficult Easy  Freeze?   No
 Servings

Four main meals

SPANISH CHICKEN AND MASHED POTATOES - COOK'S NOTES
We were holidaying at a caravan park just south of Girona this year and the food on offer at the campsite was bland, expensive and had nothing to with Spanish cuisine at all. So we ventured out each evening to the local towns and found mostly excellent restaurants and eating places.

One evening we passed by a rather ram shackle restaurant which was packed out with locals. It was large for a restaurant and we assumed it was serving good local fare so we called in for a meal. To our surprise it had only one main ingredient on the menu, chicken! Large chicken, small chicken, chicken with salad, chicken with fries etc. etc. We like chicken so although our original expectations were not met we decided to sample this very obviously well-liked restaurant.

The chicken served here was absolutely delicious. On the opposite side of the road the restaurant had opened up a very popular chicken takeaway and hundreds (truly hundreds) of  whole chickens were being cooked on skewers over an open barbecue.

I have a particular dislike of Kentucky Fried Chicken meals because the chickens are watery, lack flavour and just don't do justice to this delicious meat. But at this roadside Spanish restaurant the chicken was firm, full of flavour and cooked to perfection. No (finger-lickin) coating of secret herb mixes was needed, the Spanish chicken was best sampled by itself.

This was an outright, though unintended, advert that free-range organic chickens are a thousand times better than battery, antibiotic-fed chicken, and roasted in the open over a barbecue adds even more to the flavour.

So, getting back to our simple Spanish chicken recipe, choose the best quality chicken you can afford and your taste buds will definitely be rewarded. Our Spanish chicken is cooked with traditional pimenton or Spanish paprika. We have used hot smoked paprika (la vera picante) which adds a touch of heat to the chicken but normal pimenton will do just fine.

The other touch of Spain in this chicken recipe is the white wine. For real authenticity we would suggest Fino sherry but that would turn a reasonably priced recipe into something far more expensive.

The mashed potatoes are a simple but delicious addition to the chicken and they can be used to accompany many other meat dishes.

INGREDIENTS

Chicken Ingredients

How Much
Free range chicken breasts 4
Red pepper Half
White wine or Fino sherry

6 tablespoons

Garlic 4 cloves
Hot smoked paprika (pimenton de la Vera picante) 1 teaspoon
Bay leaf 1
Virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons
Salt and pepper To taste

Mashed Potato Ingredients

How Much
Potatoes for mashing 4 large
Extra virgin olive oil 5 tablespoons
Salt and pepper To taste

COOKING EQUIPMENT
A large frying pan for the chicken
A large pan for the potatoes


Some of the ingredients for Spanish Chicken and Mash

PREPARATION
Peel each of the potatoes and cut into 3 pieces.
Remove the stalk, seeds and pith from the red pepper and slice into thin strips.

METHOD
First, infuse the olive oil for frying the chicken with the garlic cloves and the bay leaf. To do this add the oil to a small pan on a low heat then add the garlic cloves and bay leaf. If the bay leaf is fresh, be careful, because initially it will spit the oil even at low heat. Keep the heat low for 20 minutes.

Infusing olive oil with garlic and a bay leaf


At this point start cooking the potatoes in lightly boiling water which has some salt added. Let the potatoes cook for 10 minutes before going any further with the recipe.

Remove the bay leaf and the garlic cloves from the frying pan and save for later.

Chicken frying Turn the heat in the frying pan to medium high and add the chicken and sweet pepper slices to the frying pan. Fry for four minutes then turn the chicken over and fry for another four minutes.
Turn the heat down to medium low, add the pimenton, saved garlic and the wine (carefully, it may spit).

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook gently for five more minutes.

Spanish Chicken and Mash When the potatoes are cooked (they will take about 20 minutes in total) drain them from the water and mash them. Now add the olive oil and then mash the mixture more until it is smooth. Serve each chicken piece on a bed of mashed potato and garnish with the fried sweet pepper slices, the cooked garlic cloves and some of the juices from frying the chicken.

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