Chicken Zarzuela Casserole
Posted By: jack Mon 19 Dec 2005 12:56 pm
Ground almonds thicken this Spanish zarzuela sauce, traditionally used with
seafood. If you like potatoes, boil up a few, cut into chunks and add to the
casserole before heating through.
16 Skinless chicken thighs (about 4 lb/2 kg)
•1 tsp (5 mL) Salt
•1/2 tsp (2 mL) Pepper
•1 tbsp (15 mL) Vegetable oil
•1/2 cup (125 mL) Dry white wine (or chicken stock plus 2 tbsp/25 mL white wine
•1 tbsp (15 mL) Extra-virgin olive oil
•2 Spanish onions, chopped
•6 Cloves garlic, minced
•1 can (28 oz/796 mL) Tomatoes
•4 tsp (20 mL) Sweet paprika
•1 tsp (5 mL) Dried marjoram or oregano
•1/4 tsp (1 mL) Saffron threads
•1/3 cup (75 mL) Ground almonds
•1 tbsp (15 mL) Lemon juice
•1 cup (250 mL) Large green olives, pitted and halved
•1/4 cup (50 mL) Chopped fresh parsley
Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) of the salt and pepper. In large nonstick
skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat; brown chicken in batches, 6
minutes per batch. Transfer to 13- x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish. Drain off
any fat from skillet. Add wine; bring to boil, stirring to scrape up brown bits.
Pour over chicken. Wipe out skillet; heat olive oil over medium heat. Cook
onions and 4 of the garlic cloves until golden, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes,
paprika, marjoram and remaining salt, breaking up tomatoes with wooden spoon.
Bring to boil; pour over chicken. Cover loosely with foil and bake in 375°F
(190°C) oven until chicken is no longer pink inside, about 40 minutes.Meanwhile,
crumble saffron into bowl; pour in 2 tbsp (25 mL) hot water and let sit for 5
minutes. Add almonds, remaining garlic and lemon juice. Uncover casserole; stir
in almond mixture and olives. Bake until heated through, about 10 minutes.
(Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Transfer to airtight container.
Refrigerate, uncovered, until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Or
freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours. Reheat in
375°F/190°C oven until hot, about 40 minutes.) Stir in parsley.