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Chicken & Chorizo Stew with Rioja, Spanish Style

Chicken & Chorizo Stew with Rioja, Spanish Style

Chicken & Chorizo Stew with Rioja, Spanish Style

Firstly I’d just like to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2017 brings you all health, happiness and prosperity and that you and your loved ones have had fun celebrating the festive season. We spent our New Years in Madrid (more about that in another blog post), but with memories of Spain fresh in our minds we wanted a little something tonight to remind us of our trip. On our trip, we had some amazing Chorizo in Bar Allemana and decided to base dinner around that. Also, the weather here in London today has been absolutely freezing so we knew we wanted something warming and comforting. A stew was on the cards so I set about prepping all the ingredients. I decided on chicken thighs as they have so much more flavour than chicken breasts, chorizo and of course, that Spanish favourite, Rioja wine to make a delicious Spanish Style Chicken & Chorizo Stew!

I started by preheating the oven to 180C and then heated the olive oil in my Le Creuset on the stove top. I absolutely love this dish as it’s so versatile – it works on our induction hob, on an electric or gas one and it can go straight into the oven to – it’s the perfect stove-top to oven dish and although it’s a little pricey it’s worth every penny. Amazon have some great deals at the mo and I have this one at £165 (Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole, 28 cm – Marseille Blue – 25% off at Amazon at the mo!) but there are smaller ones like this Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole, 24 cm – Cerise, ranging from £135 and they come with a lifetime guarantee. If you’re on the lookout for one then I can’t recommend them enough! So on to the recipe…

How to make my Spanish Style, Chicken & Chorizo Stew with Rioja

I seared the chicken thighs in the hot oil until they had browned slightly. This gives them a tastier flavour in the final stew. I then removed them from the dish, peeled (sometimes chorizo comes in a papery skin or rind which I think you can eat but I prefer to remove it) and sliced the chorizo into slices about half a cm thick and added them to the pan.

I seared these again for another couple of minutes until the outside was slightly browned and crispy and they had released some of their oil. I removed these from the pan and set them aside with the chicken thighs.

Then I sliced the red and white onions and diced up the red peppers. I added these to the pan for about 5 mins to soften and absorb some of the flavours of the chorizo oil. Then I sliced the garlic (you can crush it if you prefer) and thinly sliced the chilli and also added them to the pan and cooked for a further couple of minutes.

I added the chicken thighs and chorizo back into the pan, poured over the stock and the red wine and turned the heat up so that the stew was bubbling. I removed the leaves from one of the sprigs of thyme and sprinkled them over the top, added the paprika and then seasoned the whole stew with plenty of salt and pepper.

I put the lid on the Le Creuset and put the entire dish into the oven to cook for about 2 hours – it can probably be ready after about an hour and a half or stay cooking for up to two and a half hours, it’s pretty happy to sit as long as it’s needed until you’re ready to serve it.

About 5 mins before you want to serve it, layer your serving dish with the raw spinach leaves and spoon the stew over the top. If you want to serve it in the same dish you could always just stir the spinach through it. Put the dish back in the oven for a about 5 mins until the spinach has wilted and then the Chicken & Chorizo Stew is ready to serve.

I think it would be lovely to serve it with some cooked chickpeas or some Patatas Bravas (if I could eat them…watch this space as I’m working on a Butternut Bravas recipe) or maybe even some Padron Peppers on the side. It’s spicy, warming and satisfying, full of the smoky flavour of the chorizo and with a little kick from the chilli. One bite and we were transported back to the tapas bars of Madrid where we’d spent New Year.

Emma, I can’t wait to read about your New Year’s celebrations in Spain. Cooking a dish at home with the flavors of a place you’ve just visited is a wonderful way to remember your trip. I’m really into soups this winter. Or, well … always. So, I’ve pinned this for future reference. I might have to try it soon, but I’ll have to adapt the recipe at bit for a Crock Pot since I don’t have a Le Creuset yet. Someday though! Hope you have a happy new year!

Thanks, you too! Looks like we have the same interests – foodie travel!! I think food is one of the best things about any destination and I love learning new cuisines and trying to replicate them. Hope you have a good New Year too!

I’m afraid I don’t count calories Helen but this is a link to a calorie converter https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp – you can input the ingredients and number of servings and it tells you the calories per serving. If you’re worried about calories I’d recommend chicken breasts instead of thighs (they’re less fatty) and maybe halving the amount of chorizo! Hope that helps!

The Best Healthy Fast Food Options

Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.

Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.

In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.

Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.

1. Subway

Sandwich with cheese and vegetables

One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.

Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.

Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.

A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.

Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.

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2. Taco Bell

Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.

According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.

One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.

Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.

3. Chipotle

Vegetable burritos

Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.

Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.

Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.

For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.

4. McDonald's

McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.

Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.

5. Burger King

Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.

It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.

BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.

6. Wendy

Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate

Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.

Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.

The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.

Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.

With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes

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