As you can probably imagine dinnertime is pretty crazy for our family of six. It takes quite a bit of organisation to get four hungry little people fed, showered and teeth brushed before 7pm so no time for fancy dinners here. When it comes to preparing dinner I try to be as efficient as possible which is why I love oven dinners: while they cook away in the oven I clean away all the dishes so I have a nice clean bench top and only one big pot left to wash up afterwards, so easy!
This week I made one of our favourite quick and simple dishes, it takes just a handful of ingredients and I cooked it all in our big, reliable cast iron Chasseur French Oven (27cm, perfect size for all of us!). It’s easy, always tastes lovely and gives you about half an hour of free time to make the table and get everything and everyone organised.
To start I finely chopped one small onion and sauteed it in the pan for about 2-3 minutes, followed by ca. 150gr diced bacon for another 2-3 minutes.
Next I added roughly 500 grams of cubed chicken breast (I really dislike cutting chicken so I cut mine when frozen to avoid the slippery mess) and one clove of garlic. Stir every now and then until the chicken is browned. Just before the chicken is browned add 5-6 mushrooms (sliced finely), but you can choose other vegies too if you don’t have mushrooms.
Stir in 300 grams of white rice, 500 grams of tomato passata (or a jar of pasta sauce, straight from the pantry cupboard) and 500 ml of water, season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Once the contents are boiling cover the French Oven with aluminium foil and transfer it to a preheated oven and cook for about 30 minutes on 180°C or until most of the liquid is absorbed. While it is cooking away in the oven you can clean up your utensils, make the table and wipe the stovetop and kitchen bench so you have less work to do after dinner.
Place the covered dish on your bench top and let it sit for 5 minutes, then stir in a tablespoon of fresh basil (I have used the ‘herbs in tubes’ before when I didn’t have basil on hand, tasted fine too). Now for the final touch, and this is what makes it such a delicious meal, place a layer of sliced brie on top, put it under the grill for a few minutes until the brie has started to melt and your easy-peasy oven meal is ready to be demolished. Enjoy!
Now it is fair to say that this is not my original recipe, I ate it somewhere else a few years ago and have since adapted it to suit our family, taste and pantry. I am sure you will give it your own personal touch again, make sure to come back and share!
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