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Basque Chicken with Mushrooms

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - This is a Mediterranean dish that is popular in French bistros near the Spanish border. For a spicy version add jalapenos or substitute chorizo for ham.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes - Cooking Time: 45-50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 chicken legs with thighs attached (about 2 1/2 lbs) 6
  • 1 1/8 tsp dried thyme, divided 5.05 mL
  • 1/4 tsp Each salt and pepper 1 mL
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
  • 1 lb whole fresh Mushrooms, quartered 500 g
  • 1 large onion, sliced 1
  • 1 large green or yellow pepper, cut in narrow strips 1
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced 4
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes 1
  • 1 cup cooked ham strips (1/4 lb./125 g) 125 g
  • 2 bay leaves 2
  • 4 cups whole wheat cooked rice 1 L
  • Garnish: minced parsley (optional)

Directions:

Sprinkle chicken with 1 tsp (5 mL) thyme, salt and pepper; heat oil in large (12"/30 cm) non-stick skillet over medium high heat.

Brown chicken on both sides, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove chicken.

Drain off fat; return 2 tbsp (25 mL) fat to skillet and heat over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onion, pepper strips and garlic to the skillet; cook and stir vegetables for about 3 - 4 minutes or until softened. Stir in tomatoes, ham and bay leaves and 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) thyme; bring to boil. Return chicken to the sauce.

Cover and reduce heat to low; cook 25- 30 minutes or until chicken juices are clear. Remove chicken to baking tray or pan; cover to keep warm. Cook sauce over medium high heat uncovered for 5-10 minutes or until thickened slightly; remove bay leaves and return chicken to the skillet. Heat until hot.

Serve chicken and sauce over cooked rice and sprinkle with parsley if desired.

Variation: Substitute sliced cooked chorizo for ham and add sliced jalapenos or green olives.

For more delicious recipe ideas visit Mushrooms Canada at www.mushrooms.ca.

Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings


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