Portuguese Chicken with Chorizo and Clams.

Portuguese Chicken, chorizo and clams

I have always wanted to try a Portuguese recipe. While watching the Cooking Channel and one of my favorite shows Chuck’s Day Off, I came across this meal. Every once in awhile you come across a meal that just does it for you. This meal is one of those meals for me.

Portuguese Chicken with Chorizo and Clams. That is all I needed to hear and I was hooked. I get to try a new recipe, a new type of food and I get chorizo and clams. SOLD!

Jennifer said afterwards that this was one of her favorite things that I had ever made. I agree. The paprika on the chicken and in and on the chorizo add the perfect amount of spice. Who doesn’t love clams? The potatoes absorbed all those flavors and were a perfect starch. The red peppers and onions added a nice sweetness. The kale added a nice punch of tartness and the herbs that garnished added more fresh herbaceousness.

I did tweak the recipe some. I basically split the recipe in half, since it was for just two of us. I made three pieces of chicken instead of four, more chorizo and potatoes. I added the white wine also to give us something to sop up with the crust bread.

I HIGHLY recommend this recipe and it will be going into our regular rotation. It is delicious, pretty easy and impressive. If you give it a try, let me know what you think.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large red bell pepper, halved, stemed and seeded
  • 3 chicken legs (thighs and drumsticks)
  • 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 3/4 pound chorizo, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6-8 yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, halved and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 10-15 little neck clams
  • 4 kale leaves, julienned
  • 1/2 cup white wine.
  • Chopped parsley and chives for garnish
DIRECTIONS

  1. Set your chicken in a large bowl with salt, pepper, paprika, smoked paprika and chorizo. Toss so all ingridents are mixed together. Set aside.
  2. Set your oven to broil. Place the halved bell peppers on a sheet pan skin side up and cook under the broiler until the skins are good and blackened, approx. 10 minutes. Place in a bowl with plastic wrap sealing the bowl. Let the peppers cool and steam for several minutes. Remove the skin, juliuenne and set a side.
  3. Meanwhile, set the oven to 350 °.
  4. In a large skillet or oven proof pan, heat canola oil over high to meduim high heat. Add chicken and cook until crisp on all sides. Add chorizo and cook until it is crisp. Stir in potatoes and onions. Add red pepper strips on top. Add one smashed garlic clove on top of each peice of chicken. Put the pan in the oven for approximately 25 minutes, until chicken is fork tender.
  5. Remove pan and add kale, clams and white wine. Place back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  6. Garnish with parsley and chive and serve with crusty bread.
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Portuguese Chicken with Chorizo and Clams.

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