Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Slow cooked Chicken and Chorizo with lemon and garlic.

This is a meal perfect for summer, lemon and spice work so well together, plus using a slow cooker in the heat we are having, means we can still eat well without turning the oven on. Its a warming dish so good for a lazy Sunday, or busy midweek easy meal.

I have been testing a new slow cooker from a great online shopping company called Wayfair, its smaller than I usually use. A 3.5 litre capacity, most meals in our house are for 5 people all adults so this is a tad small for a big family casserole. But a 'summmerslowcooking' evening dish for 3-4 perfect. The slowcooker is a perfect model with lots of great features, the timer is particularly good and the keep warm feature.

Wayfair sell so many good kitchen gadgets and in fact lots for the home too

see my feature on them here

This is a complete concoction of favourite foods and flavours all mixed with a fingers crossed approach.

A chicken and potatoes recipe is a good start for me, I used chicken breast, you could use thighs for more flavour, though mine needed using up. I imagine I will be trying this in my large slow cooker with a whole chicken, stuffing the lemon inside and resting on the potatoes and chorizo.

For this meal I made a mix of chilli, smoked paprika and rubbed into the chicken use a little or a lot according to your taste, don't use at all if you like a mild version. You can place straight into the slow cooker,without frying, but for photos and for just a nicer look on the plate, I fry first.

I had a bag of Jersey Royal new potatoes, actually this time of year I always do, they are used many times a week, again my finger break, means no peeling so a cinch for me.
Chorizo is such a good complement to chicken and potatoes. I decided to use the new potatoes I had in, possibly a  bit of a waste as hot buttered Jersey Royals are the best.

Now I still make all my meals as Slimming World friendly, cooking chorizo as a treat is not too bad in syns. Sainsbury’s Spicy and Succulent mini Chorizo  is 2 syns per sausage, I have two halved. 

Tomatoes make a good base, I added in a stock cube for oomph, a glug of rosé to keep the summer theme. Fine just to use water.

I had a lemon in the fridge, intended for another recipe and it got forgotten,so it was a pure add it and see. I would use half a lemon next time or not squeeze before cooking. It was definitely the dominant flavour, we adore citrus foods so for us it was lovely.
Edited: Half a lemon works better.

3-4 chicken breasts
Fillipo Berio Olive Oil spray
Jersey Royal potatoes as many as you want for 4
1 lemon
3 fat cloves of garlic.
8 x Cooking Chorizo sausage split or halved to let the red juices run.
1 tin chopped tomatoes
Chicken stock melt or cube
Smoked paprika
Chilli powder for rub
1/2-1 tsp Chilli powder 
Rosé wine (optional) or water

If using a rub,make slashes in the chicken breast and sprinkle a mix of paprika and chilli, rub into the breast, and leave for at least 30 minutes.

Place the potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, quartered lemons (squeezed if a strong lemon flavour is liked), a couple of glugs of rosé or water and extra chilli if desired into the slow cooker dish. Mix thoroughly.

Spray a heavy pan with a few squirts of oil spray,heat and fry the chicken until golden on one side. Turn over and cook, adding the chorizo and frying until the red juices flows a little.

Place the chicken and chorizo onto the potato mix. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

I served with a green salad.
The lemon sticky chorizo, lemon and garlic, make a zesty, spicy chicken dish, that because of the ease of making, means I will return to this dish often.


  1. We've just got a new machine so trying out lots of recipes to get used to it. This will go on my list, thanks! :)

  2. I really want to try this one. Slow cooking can be so much more healthier, especially if you don't fry beforehand.

  3. Yum, must try this as don't really use slow cooker

  4. what a fantastic recipe, all my favorite things, will be trying it this week xx

  5. Sounds fab - I love chorizo!

  6. This sounds delicious - I'll have to dust off the slow cooker

  7. this sounds fab, I think its time to get the slow cooker out of the cupboard !