Chicken Sauce Piquante Recipe

Chicken Sauce Piquante Recipes

Ingredients :

4 chicken legs or 2 legs and 2 breasts

5 tbsp oil

1/2 cup plain flour

1 onion, chopped

2 celery sticks, sliced

1 green pepper, seeded and diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1-2 red chili peppers, seeded and finely chopped

14oz can tomatoes, chopped, with their juice

1.25 cups chicken stock

salt and ground black pepper

watercress, to garnish

boiled potatoes, to serve

Method :

Halve the chicken legs through the joint, or the breasts across the middle, to give eight pieces. In a heavy frying pan, fry the chicken pieces in the oil until brown on all sides, lifting them out and setting them aside as they are done. Strain the oil from the pan into a heavy flameproof casserole. Heat it and stir in the flour. Stir constantly over a low heat until the roux is the color of peanut butter. As soon as the roux reaches the right stage, tip in the onion, celery and pepper and stir over the heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaf, thyme, oregano and chili pepper(s). Stir for 1 minute, then turn down the heat and stir in the tomatoes with their juice.

Return the casserole to the heat and gradually stir in the stock. Add the chicken pieces, cover and leave to simmer for 45 minutes, until the chicken is tender. If there is too much sauce or it is too runny, remove the lid for the last 10-15 minutes of the cooking time and raise the heat a little. Check the seasoning and serve garnished with watercress and accompanied by boiled potatoes, or perhaps rice or pasta, and a green vegetable or salad of your choice.

Serves 4

Red chili pepper add heat to this Cajun recipe. Sauce Piquante is commonly used in lots of recipes to liven up meat and fish and give meals a spicy taste. If you prefer to err on the side of caution with chili heat, use just 1 chili pepper and hot up the seasoning at the end with a dash or two of Tabasco sauce. Any kind of meat, poultry of fish can be served with Sauce Piquante. Just cook the meat or fish first, then serve it with plenty of sauce.


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