Basque chicken with brave potatoes & chorizo

by Celia Harvey | Cuisine issue #148
Serves: 4A strong, flavoursome, Spanish inspired chicken dish

This chicken dish is a gutsy one, with the punchy flavours of sherry vinegar and smoky paprika. The potatoes are inspired by the Spanish patatas bravas dish (literally, “brave” potatoes), so named because of its bold flavours. It is important to use sweet smoked paprika rather than standard paprika – I like the Equagold and La Chinata brands. Good-quality olives, such as Manzanilla, are also worth seeking out.

400g washed new potatoes
100ml olive oil
2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
1.2kg free-range chicken, cut into quarters (or 8 chicken pieces)
2 red onions, thickly sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
220g chorizo, thinly sliced
1⁄2 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1⁄3 cup sherry vinegar
1 red capsicum, deseeded, cut into thick slices
1 green capsicum, deseeded, cut into thick slices
10-15 green olives
2 teaspoons fresh marjoram or oregano

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Boil the potatoes in salted water until they are just tender. Drain and cool under cold running water. When cool enough to handle, slice them into 1cm-thick discs. Place in a bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of oil and the paprika. Toss to coat the potatoes evenly. Reserve.

Heat the rest of the oil in a frying pan over medium heat then brown the chicken pieces, in batches, transferring them to a roasting tray as you go.

Add the onions, garlic and chorizo to the frying pan and fry for 3 minutes, stirring, or until coloured. Deglaze the pan by pouring in the stock and allowing it to bubble, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon. Boil until the stock has reduced by half then stir in the tomato paste and vinegar. Pour this mixture over the chicken then add the capsicum, potatoes and olives. Scatter with the marjoram or oregano then place in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Serve with a green salad.

Wine - A fruit-driven Martinborough pinot noir.

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