Chicken a la Tunisienne

Chicken à la Tunisienne is a very fancy name for what is not much more than a respectable take on the infamous 70’s dish apricot chicken. Was apricot chicken as popular in other countries as it was in Australia?  It was big time popular here.  I know my mum made it and so did Maus’ mum (Though, her mum was a bit more posh than mine.  She sprinkled flaked almonds on her apricot chicken!!).

For those who are not familiar with apricot chicken, it consisted of chicken breast, a packet of Maggi French onion soup mixture and a can of apricot nectar and …. it tasted bloody good.

When I was working and studying, Maus was in charge of the kitchen and we had apricot chicken an awful lot.  At one stage, I pleaded to have it not quite so often.  After that, I think she felt sorry for me and dropped it from her repertoire.

Years later, we decided to make it for old times sake but I was shocked to find you couldn’t buy 100% apricot nectar any more.  The closest thing was a tin with 35% apricot ‘juice’, sugar and water.  I decided to buy a tin of apricots and blend them and use that.  Well, it wasn’t the same 😦  And that was the last time we had apricot chicken … until the other day.

This recipe does not come from the back of a Maggi French onion soup mixture packet but from an actual French cookbook!  The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano, in fact, which, I must say, is much more impressive.

The recipe is as simple as the 70’s version and got Maus’ seal of approval. She actually cleaned her plate which is not a common occurrence.

It would be a great mid week meal and I am sure would appeal to kids.

These quantities serve 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs* butter
  • 1 tbs* olive oil
  • 4 shallots, chopped (Go on, substitute the shallots for one brown onion.  I know I did.  Shallots cost a fortune here.)
  • 700g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2cm cubes
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs* crème fraiche (sour cream is a good substitute, if you can’t get crème fraiche)
  • 1 x 400g tin apricots in their juice
  • couscous, for serving

*These are 15 mil tablespoons

Method:

  1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the shallots and cook until softened.
  3. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, until browned.
  4. Stir in the apricots and their juice and the cinnamon.
  5. Cover, reduce the heat, and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Remover the cover, increase the heat and allow the cooking liquid to reduce slightly.
  7. Remove from the heat and stir in the crème fraiche and season to taste. Don’t allow the crème fraîche to boil as it may separate.
  8. Serve with couscous.

Sumac chicken with Persian tomato salad

 

Today called for something simple as I had delegated cooking dinner to Maus.  I had three good reasons for this.  I was making tomato sauce and bread rolls AND I have a tooth ache. Well, I think it is a tooth ache.  The pain is radiating down the left side of my jaw so it is hard to blame one tooth in particular. The dentist reckons he has found some infection under a crown and prescribed huge amounts of antibiotics.  I don’t like taking antibiotics but am too frightened not to in case I end up with a full blown abscess under the crown.  Anyway, I was feeling sorry for myself and figured I had enough on my plate so dinner was Maus’ responsibility.

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Merry Christmas and something for the BBQ

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Thanks, Al, for our lovely reindeers

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas.

I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow, a wonderful week and a healthy and prosperous new year. For those who work, have a big rest and to those who don’t, thank your blessings.  I know I do, everyday.

I have had lots and lots of new followers lately.  To them, I would like to say “Hello” and “Welcome”.  I hope you stick around and enjoy what you see.

To the old faithfuls, “I love you lots.”

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Aromatic Baked Chicken

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The other day, we had one of those rare days in WA when it rains all day.  A couple of years ago, I wrote a post called ‘One Perfect Day’.  It was one of those days.  I just love rainy days.  You can’t go outside and work.  All you can do is stay inside and play.  Yippee!  Well … I guess you could do housework but that would be silly.

Because we had all day, I thought we would make something a bit different for dinner.  If we are busy outside, we usually have what we can whip up in the shortest time. Continue reading

Chicken Waldorf salad

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Maus went shopping the other day and on the shopping list was half a celery.  We were going to make a chicken dish that required one stalk.  I had already thought I could make a pot of pea and ham soup to use up some of the celery I knew would be left over.

Instead of half a celery, Maus came home with one very large celery.  It appears that the half celery was nearly as expensive as the full one and Maus can never forego a bargain.  I did explain to her that it is only a bargain if you need it but I have made that point, off and on, for over 35 years now, to no avail. Continue reading

Chilli chicken with snake bean salad and a chilli coconut milk dressing

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Now that I have decided on a theme for this blog, I am on a roll.

Next to ripen in the vegie patch were the snake beans and, as with everything else, they came with a vengeance.  One day there weren’t any and the next day there was a bucket load.  I decided to grow them because, in previous years, I had noticed a number of bloggers having success with snake beans.  It turns out they are as easy to grow as all other beans and are particularly tasty.

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