Chicken and Capsicum Royal Stew
Credit goes to The House of Tudor for the original Chicken & Capsicum Hotpot recipe on which my dish is based. It’s a fairly light but filling meal, of subtle but pleasant flavours, that surely must be healthy by virtue of its generous dose of vegetables.
- 2 large chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- 2 tbsp wholemeal flour
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 large onions, thinly sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- Pinch of paprika
- 1 red, and 1 yellow capsicum, deseeded and thinly sliced
- 100g spinach, cut into strips
- 800g canned chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano, plus extra to garnish
- 1.5 tbsp dry mixed Italian herbs
- Salt and pepper
- Steamed rice to serve – optionally flavoured (see Variations below)
- Toss the chicken in the flour, shaking off excess. Heat the oil in a wide frying pan and cook the chicken quickly until it is lightly browned, then remove from the pan and allow to cool a little.
- On high heat, add the capsicum, followed by onion, and stir for a few minutes or until soft. Add the garlic, paprika, and spinach, and stir for another couple of minutes.
- Add the tomatoes and oregano, and bring to boil, stirring in mixed Italian herbs.
- Cut the chicken chunks into smaller pieces and arrange over the vegetables in the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 25-35mins, or until chicken is completely cooked and tender.
- Once finished, serve over steamed rice and garnish with fresh oregano.
- I used a rice cooker to prepare steamed basmati rice, and flavoured it by stirring in off-the-shelf satay sauce (1.5 tbsp) and soy sauce (3 tsp) before turning on the rice cooker. A little oyster sauce might also be a nice alternative. Note that I found the sauces seemed to settle on the bottom and burn slightly underneath, but the rice was otherwise fine.
- The original recipe explains that, instead of with rice, this dish can be served more like a stew with crusty wholemeal bread either on the side or torn and placed on top of the mix at the end.
- If you’re looking for a fuller flavour, I’m sure you can experiment. I was tempted to add a little satay sauce and tomato paste during the simmer, and possibly more garlic.