Arx Hereticus

Welcome to the ramblings of a merry heretic, an ex-pat (Tex-pat?) American living in Maryland after having spent six years in Germany. Arx Hereticus is part travelogue, part cooking, part budo, part socio-political commentary and mostly just me BSing.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Palaver Chicken

(So-called because when enemies met to palaver, this dish was good enough to make them sit down and shut up and eat)

Chicken breast (deboned or boneless and skinless) cut into 1.5 or so inch cubes
Can of diced tomatoes (or a couple of cups of skinned and diced 'maters"
Hot pepper (we use jalapeno) and/or sweet pepper if you're not a fire-eater
Peanut butter and/or/tahini
Feta (or other good goat-ish cheese)

Salt and pepper
Harissa (or dried red pepper flakes if you can't fine it)

Optional spices:
Chili powder

Dice half the onion, garlic and pepper very fine, the remainder more coarsely

Chop spinach coarsely and set aside

Brown the chicken pieces in good olive oil and/or (real) butter
Add the finely diced onion, garlic and pepper
Salt and pepper lightly
As the chicky cooks, spice to taste with the dried herbs and spices

When done, remove chicken from the skillet and let rest

Add tomatoes and remainder of onion, garlic and pepper and bring to simmer
Add spices to taste
Cook 15-20 min, adding water or white wine to keep soupy but not watery
Add in 1-2 Tblsp peanut butter and/or tahini (to taste)
Stir in well
Add crumbled feta or other cheese until all is thickened and stew-like

Return chicken to skillet and mix well, warming through

Add spinach and let wilt

Serve with rice, couscous or flatbread