Chicken With Mushroom Sauce

I just wanted something quick and simple for dinner tonight. I’m back on early mornings and feeling the effects, so my brain is on go-slow. So, I thought, chicken with mushroom sauce.

I used chicken thighs for this recipe as I find them to have more flavour than breasts. Start by cutting the thighs up into bite sized pieces and heat some oil in a large, deep frying pan. Fry off some garlic, chillies (heat to your liking) and lemongrass and then add the chicken.

As a side note here, I’ve recently got into using that ‘lazy’ garlic and the like. Supermarkets do their own puree versions, so you don’t have to pay out for the expensive stuff.

Let the chicken brown for a bit, then throw in some sliced mushrooms of your choice and cook for around 5minutes, before adding in some double cream – enough to cover the base of the frying pan – some black pepper, thyme, onion salt (just a pinch) and a chicken stock spot.

Allow everything to bubble together for a good 10minutes.

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Serve with your choice of noodles, pasta, rice or even potatoes – I went for noodles and my husband loved it!

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Garlic Chilli Prawns

We’re still trying to ‘eat right’ as our wedding fast approaches, but there are only so many days a week I can eat chicken breast! In the search for something different, I invested in some jumbo, raw prawns, which I turned into a tasty garlic, chilli prawn dish.

I started by adding some oil to a frying pan and allowing that to warm up, before adding 5 small cloves of garlic, crushed – if you really like garlic, add some more! To the garlic, I added two finely chopped chillis – not too fiery for me, but again, cook to your taste – the seeds were left in and some paprika sprinkled over the top.

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Allow these to come together for a couple of minutes and then add some small pieces of chorizo if you have it, don’t panic if you don’t. Cook until it starts to release some of its juices and then throw in some freshly chopped tomatoes.

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Now it’s time to throw in your lovely prawns, along with the juice of one lemon. When the prawns start to turn pink, add some chopped mushrooms.

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To serve, we had pasta, but you could have crusty bread or a salad.

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