chicken and chorizo casseroleLike a bad date, low fat, carb free dinners tend to leave you empty, unfulfilled and desperately craving one of those 367 million calorie melt in the middle chocolate puddings. I can’t claim that my latest culinary favourite is *quite* as delicious as cheese covered chips, but considering how kind it’ll be to your thighs, it’s pretty good. Totalling less than 500 calories per portion, even ardent food fascist Gillian McKeith would struggle to confiscate ingredients from you.  (She’d probably try though.)

Preparation and cooking time is around 40 minutes in total and if you’ve got leftovers, it’s makes a great lunch too.

Chorizo, chicken and chick pea casserole

Serves 3 (or 2 very greedy people)

What you’ll need

2 large chicken breasts diced

Half a chorizo sausage (you can choose how spicy you like it.)

2 red onions finely chopped

1 finely chopped red chilli (optional)

1 large red pepper roughly chopped

Half an aubergine (optional) chopped into small cubes

1 tin of tomatoes

1 tin of chick peas or butter beans

Salt and pepper

 What to do

1.)    Chop the chorizo into small chunks and lightly fry in a casserole dish. You won’t need oil as the fat should melt. After around five minutes transfer the cooked chorizo into a side dish.

chorizo cooked

2.)    Put the chorizo fat on a low heat and use it to gently fry the onions and peppers. When they start to soften add the chilli and aubergine (if you want to make it spicy.)

3.)    Once all the vegetables start to soften, turn up the heat slightly to brown the chicken.

4.)    Once the chicken is sealed and lightly browned, add the tin of tomatoes and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

5.)    If the tomato juice isn’t covering the chicken and veg you can add a cupful of stock water.

6.)    Cover and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked through.

7.)    Stir in the chick peas (or beans) and chorizo and simmer for a further five minutes.

8.)    I recommend serving with green veg but if you’re a carbs monster try it with white rice.

Word of warning: Do not leave your cooled chorizo in ‘paw reach’ of any animals.