Hey punks. Have you ever cooked with chorizo? I have not.. until this week. I found this recipe for Chicken & Chorizo Stew in Cooking Light and decided to make it; however, I didn’t realize that I would not be able to find Spanish chorizo at my grocery store. Unfortunately, all I could find was Mexican chorizo, which is a raw, soft, uncured version of the sausage, which is also quite fat-laden. The recipe called for Spanish chorizo, which is a cured, firm version of the sausage, for which I wish that I had searched harder so this recipe would have turned out better. I really wouldn’t recommend making this recipe with Mexican chorizo, as I did, since it didn’t really seem to work out. The ground meat basically ended up disintegrating in the soup, and was quite greasy. Despite that, the Mexican chorizo still added a nice, bold flavor to this stew.
Actually, prior to cooking the chorizo, on the weekend I did do some prep work for this recipe, to streamline my weeknight cooking. In a pot of chicken broth, carrots, parsley, and onion, I poached chicken breasts. Once they were cooked through and cooled, I shredded them, and stored in the fridge for later usage. I also discarded the solids from the liquid by running it through a strainer, which left me with a lovely chicken stock, which I stored, and used in this stew on the day of cooking.
Once it was stew-cooking-day, after browning the chorizo, I added carrot, onion, and red potato, and sautéed until tender, before adding the below seasonings. This was the second recipe in which I’ve utilized the saffron I received for Christmas!
Next, I added in the cooked, shredded chicken, and my homemade chicken stock, and let it simmer for a bit.
Sprinkle with parsley, and dinner is served!
This Chicken & Chorizo Stew recipe turned out okay. The Mexican chorizo just didn’t work with the recipe though. I think it would be much better with the firm, cured, Spanish chorizo, which would make for nice little bite-sized chunks of sausage, rather than tiny, disintegrated bits of ground sausage mixed throughout the soup. All in all, though, the flavor was good, and this made for a nice hearty dinner.
My rating: 6.5/10
Currently listening to: Pardon Me – Incubus.
“A decade ago,
I never thought I would be,
at twenty-three, on the verge of
spontaneous combustion. Woe is me.”
These are the lyrics to this song.
A decade ago, I was 15, listened to this song, and never thought I would be 23. Now I’m 25. What the hell happened?
..Pardon me while I burst into flames?