Sunday, 17 February 2013

Roast Chicken - Portuguese style!

A case of Achilles tendonitis has been bothering me and making me feel pretty useless; so today I really felt in need of comfort food and what's better than a bit of a taste from home, eh?

I found this recipe a while ago, which inspired tonight's dinner.
(It's in Portuguese but nothing that a web translator won't fix :p )

Chicken in the oven - Portuguese Style

Here's what I used:
  • 4 chicken leg quarters (I'm sure other chicken parts would work well!)
  • White potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of Portuguese sweet red pepper paste (aka massa de pimentão)
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of lard
  • 2 tablespoons of margarine
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • Chorizo, cubed (or bacon)
  • S & P

Peel and cut the potatoes and let them soak in salty water. Pre-heat the oven at 200ºC, clean/cut the chicken, chop garlic.

Place the chicken in oven dish and add garlic, red pepper paste, salt and pepper (be careful with the salt, as the pepper paste can be quite salty). Make sure all the chicken gets covered in it!
Drain the potatoes and place them in the dish with the chicken, mix them together so they get a bit of seasoning and colour. Throw spoons of lard and margarine on top of it. 
Add wine and stock. (Next time I'll reduce wine/stock quantities as I found it had too much liquid).

Bang it in the oven!

Make sure you turn the chicken and potatoes every now and then, every 15 minutes or so.

After +/- 40 minutes, I added the chorizo and then let it roast for another 30 minutes. 

It didn't taste quite like my mum's, but it was yummolicius nonetheless!!!

... and perhaps this is the only bright side to using crutches! Me = 1 x Fire Alarm = 0! 

crutches + fire alarm


  1. Nada melhor que um franguinho no forno para aquecer a alma.
    Quanto ao tendão de Aquiles, as melhoras, vê se te livras das canadianas.

    1. Olá Laura, é verdade! Não há nada como um gostinho de 'casa' para animar :)
      Quanto ao tendão - estou feita com ele! Vamos ver o que o senhor doutor diz na próxima consulta.