Saturday, 7 March 2015

Chicken Piquant

Chicken Piquant

Pronounced pee-kahnt, with origins from the Italian word piccante, it simply means sharp, tingling and tart; yet agreeable to the palate. The flavours of this chicken recipe will be all of the above.

An everyday family meal can be prepared very quickly. Serve this with Chinese fried rice as it will compliment the meal.

Chicken Piquant has a thickish gravy which is not visible in the photograph


1 kg/2.2 lb chicken pieces

1 tsp oil

1 cup onions, peeled and thickly sliced

1 cup of sliced peppers of choice

The marinade/sauce

1/4 cup salted melted butter
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mustard
3/4th salt
1/4 tsp chillie powder
1 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 cup balsamic ketchup
pinch of brown sugar
1 small crushed onion

In a deep flat ovenproof skillet  heat the oil and fry the pieces of chicken, until lightly brown on both sides. If there is any fat on your chicken it will all  melt away, you can tip the pan over and allow the fat to drain. 

Pour the marinade over the chicken and place the onions and peppers on top. Cook in a preheated oven 350F/180C for 45 minutes until cooked through. Do not cover the pan. Turn it once halfway if you wish. Before serving spoon the gravy over each piece of chicken before serving.


If your chicken pieces are very small or boneless it will take less time to cook.

Substituting the chillie powder for paprika is an option. You can also add a couple of drops of Tabasco Sauce and omit the powders.
If you cannot find balsamic Ketchup use regular ketchup available and add 1 tbsp of vinegar to it.
Mustard can be powder or ready made.
Using large green chillies thickly sliced is an option to peppers if you prefer.
Using baby pearl onions is an option; ready to use onions are available in the frozen sections of some supermarkets.
Adding small pieces of potatoes is also another choice. Place them on top allowing them to roast. 

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