Here’s a recipe for a scrumptious Creole/Mexican inspired casserole using one of our favourite cupboard essential spice – Scwartz Blackened Cajun seasoning. Initially we were apprehensive with the heat intensity but were pleasantly surprised how mellowed the dish turned out. We had it for lunch yesterday on its own but think the dish would work well with a bowl of rice.
What do I need to make it?
- 8 boneless chicken thighs
- 6 potatoes peeled and quartered
- 8 mushrooms halved
- 1 green pepper cut in large pieces
- 1 stick of celery chopped
- 2 carrots roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup of frozen or canned corn
- 1/2 cup red kidney beans (pressure cook if not using tinned variety)
- 1/2 cup black eyed peas (as above)
- 8-10 baby onions peeled (we used a combination of baby white onions and small Indian red shallots)
- 6 garlic cloves
- 3 tbsp pickled green jalapenos
- 3 tbsp pickled red jalapenos
- 3 tbsp Schwartz Blackened Cajun seasoning
- 2 gluten free chicken stock cubes
- 1 tsp chipotle chilli paste
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- Big handful of fresh coriander chopped
How much will I make?
How do I make it?
Wash and dry the chicken thigh fillets and marinade with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and Blackened Cajun seasoning. Let the chicken marinade for as long as you can – we cooked it after an hour. Heat a cast iron casserole and brown the chicken thighs. Remove chicken and add remaining oil to saute the whole onions, celery, green pepper and garlic for a couple of minutes. Add the potatoes, carrots and mushrooms and continue sauteing for a couple of minutes before adding the jalapenos and chipotle paste. Give it a good stir before adding the stock cubes, 600 ml of water, the corn, kidney beans, black eyed peas, chicken thighs and half the chopped coriander. Cover the casserole and cook in pre-heated oven at 190 degree for an hour. Remove and check that most of the water has evaporated before garnishing with the remaining coriander. Serve hot with a nice crusty bread of choice or a bowl of rice.
NB: The Blackened Cajun seasoning has salt so you shouldn’t have to add any more – if you are using any other brand check the ingredient list.