Friday, December 01, 2006

Chicken Drumsticks and Capsicum Tomato

Sorry about the lack of updates, I've been trying to find a house as soon as possible because I want to move before Christmas! It's already December 1st, and I'm running out of time. Last night I decided I wanted a nice homecooked meal so I thought I would try something new. Chicken Drumsticks and Capsicum Tomato. Now if you don't like capsicums, I would strongly suggest avoiding this dish because that's all it is. Capsicums. With other things too, haha. Capsicums are also known as peppers, if you are wondering.

Ok I started off with four chicken drumsticks. I decided to leave the skin on because I wanted to walk on the wild side for one night. Turn the pan up relatively high because you want them to brown before you take them out, add the sauce, then put them back in. Otherwise they fall apart. You want them to have a bit of a crunch to them. So while those are cooking (don't forget about them, I did a few times and had to peel them off the bottom of the pan!) cut up one large red capsicum and one large green capsicum. I wanted to use one yellow one instead of red, but they were all soft and yucky at the store, so I got red instead. Slice them thinly - core them and remove the seeds and white bits, though. Also chop one large red onion (I am in love with red onions! They are so nice! But they still make my eyes water) into wedges. It doesn't have to be too neat because they just end up collapsing anyway.

Now chop up ten shortcut bacon rashers. I was supposed to use pancetta for this but my local shopping centre didn't have any, so I thought shortcut bacon would do. It was nice, so you might want to try it instead of the pancetta anyway. Dice them, don't have to be too small, just bite-sized. Remove the chicken from the pan (I know they're not cooked yet!) and put them on a clean plate. Add the bacon, capsicum and onion to the pan and give it a good stir. Once it's settled down a bit, add two cans of diced tomatoes and one cup of chicken stock. Add seasoning to taste - I added basil and oregano and pepper because I love it all and I am so addicted to basil! Stir it all in, then turn the pan down to simmer and put the drumsticks back in. Cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked, turning them about three or four times. Yummy!

Here's the finished product. It was really nice but I put it in a bowl and found it hard to eat it, next time I'll use a plate, haha. You have to like capsicum to like the dish, but it wasn't too overpowering, it was lovely! And the chicken drumsticks were well cooked! My mum always worried she didn't cook them for long enough so I never grew up eating them, so I never cooked them from fear of killing everyone in my household!


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