Green chicken

Chicken with herbs and lime zest

A few weeks ago, one of my followers asked me to make something for her. She said she was into eating healthy, but because of allergies etc., she had a lot of restrictions in her diet. She does not eat dairy, gluten, tomatoes, pork or red meat.

So, with her in mind, I started planning todays dinner. I ended up with this: Chicken breast with a lovely herby ‘sauce’, my potatoe wedges with aioli (this time I made two versions: one with added lime zest and the other with a lovely spice mix for patatas bravas, and fried green beans.

This was a big hit- especially with my husband! We love chili in our house, so the sauce was quite spicy, with a strong taste of lovely lime and coriander- the queen of herbs! 😉

chicken challengeIngredients:

  • Chicken breast- the best you can find, skin on
  • a couple of handfuls of coriander
  • a small handful of oregano
  • zest of one lime
  • green chili- to your own liking
  • approx. 1 dl olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • green beans
  • ingredients for aioli and potato wedges if making 🙂

Green chicken

How to:

If making potato wedges, put them in the oven now.

The chicken breast I used were about 300 grams each. Let them reach room temperature. Season with salt and pepper each on side. Fry in olive oil in a frying-pan on low to medium heat for 15 minutes, then turn and fry for 10 minutes on the other side.

In the meantime, make the ‘sauce’: mix the coriander, oregano, lime zest, chili, olive oil, salt and pepper with a hand-held blender.

Put the sauce in a small plate that fits the chicken breast. When the chicken breast is done, put them in a single layer on top of the sauce and leave to rest for ten minutes. The chicken will be even tastier when left to rest on marinade, sauce or even just chopped herbs and garlic.

Just before serving, fry the green beans in the frying pan with all the lovely juices from the chicken. Cut the chicken in pieces and pour the juices and marinade over. Serve with potato wedges, aioli and the lime for squeezing over the chicken.

Gluten and dairy freeEnjoy!

Enkle ‘wannabe’ Greske kjøttboller

Kjøttboller i tomatsaus med kikerter og poteter (in english below)

Mannen min liker å jakte, så jeg har alltid fryseren full av viltkjøtt. Jeg prøver alltid å finne nye måter å tilberede dette fantastiske, sunne, økologiske kjøttet på. Vi får kjøttet delt i forskjellige stykker, og noe blir brukt til å lage verdens beste kjøttdeig.

I dag drømte jeg om sommer, og om en rett familien min og jeg ble servert i en liten taverna på Hydra i Hellas for noen år siden; supergode store lamme-kjøttboller i tomatsaus. Jeg ville lage noe liknende, men det endte opp med å smake ganske annerledes enn den greske varianten, hovedsakelig fordi jeg endte opp med å bruker mer spanske krydder enn greske.

Konsistensen på kjøttbollene ble veldig lik originalen, men disse var mye mindre i størrelsen. Neste gang skal jeg prøve å lage dem mer autentiske med lammekjøtt, oregano, sitronskall og servere dem med tzatziki. Ikke misforstå; disse er veldig gode! Jeg ville aldri lagt ut en oppskrift jeg ikke elsker:)

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  • 500g kvernet kjøtt etter eget ønske (storfe, lam eller vilt)
  • 2-3 ss brødsmuler
  • 1 egg
  • 1 hvitløksfedd, hakket
  • flatbladpersille, hakket
  • 1 dl vann
  • 1 ts Maldonsalt
  • pepper
  • pimientón Picante (se detaljer om krydderet her), evt bruk paprikapulver blandet med litt cayennepepper.

Bland alle ingrediensene og la det hvile mens du lager tomatsausen:

  • 1 løk, hakket
  • noen poteter, kuttet i biter på 2-3 cm (ikke for store)
  • 1 hvitløksfedd, hakket

Stek i olivenolje i en stor/vid kjele til løken er gjennomsiktig. Tilsett så:

  • 1-2 ss tomatpuré
  • 1 boks med tomater (jeg bruker økologiske tomater fra en kartong, eller tomato passata i glassflaske).
  • salt, pepper, en klype sukker, noen urter, og en klype cayennepepper
  • nok vann til at det dekker potetene, evt tilsett litt buljong

La dette koke til potetene er mykere, men fortsatt trenger ca. 15 minutter til. Lag 14-15 kjøttboller av kjøtt-miksen og legg forsiktig i kjelen. Legg på lokk og kok i ca. 15 min, eller til kjøttbollene og potetene er gjennomkokte. Snu dem forsiktig et par ganger. Når det er ca. 5-10 minutter igjen, tilsett:

  • kokte kikerter
  • evt. paprika og gulrøtter i tynne skiver

Server retten med masse hakket flatblad-persille og en grønn salat.

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Meatballs in a thick tomato sauce with chickpeas and potatoes

My husband is a keen hunter, and he regularly fills up the freezer with venison (viltkjøtt, som oftest rådyr). I always try to find new ways to prepare this gorgeous healthy organic meat. We get the meat cut into different joints, and some of it minced into a gorgeous almost fat-free mince.

Today I was dreaming of something my family was served in a tiny taverna i Greece a few years ago; huge lamb-meatballs in a thick tomato sauce. It was unbelievably good, and today I wanted to try to make something similar. It ended up tasting quite different from the Greek version, mainly because I was using more spanish spices than Greek, but I will definitely make this again, trying out different herbs and spices.

The density of the meatballs were quite similar to the original, but these were much smaller. Next time I might try to make it more Greek by using minced lamb, make them bigger in size, adding lots of oregano, lemon peel and serving it with tzatziki.

…dont get me wrong, these are very good- I would never post recipes we don’t love! ❤

  • 500 g minced meat, venison this time
  • 2-3 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • minced garlic
  • chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 dl water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • pimientón picante (check out my recipe for potato wedges for notes on this spice)

Mix it all together and let it rest while you make the tomato sauce:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • a few potatoes, cut into chunks (not too big or they will take forever to cook)
  • garlic, chopped

Fry in olive oil in a wide casserole until the onion is translucent. Then add:

  • tomato paste- a couple of tablespoons 
  • 1 can of tomatoes (I use either organic tomatoes from a carton, og tomato passata from a glass container).
  • salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar, some herbs, a pinch af cayenne- to taste.
  • stock or water to cover the potatoes

Let this boil until the potatoes are getting softer, but still needs approx. 15 more minutes. Then make 14-15 quite large meatballs of the mince-mix and put in the pan. Put the lid on and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes, turning carefully a few times. When 5-10 minutes of cooking-time remains, add:

  • boiled and drained chickpeas

Serve with plenty og flat leaf parsley and a green salad.

Enjoy

-Line

Potato wedges with a secret

This such an easy side-dish, and hardly needs a recipe, but I have found the best way to make these (in my opinion that is ;-)) and wanted to write it down for my own records. And of course; it has a secret ingredient..

Potato wedges

  • Potatoes, organic if you can find, skin on, cut in wedges.
  • olive oil
  • Maldon salt and pepper
  • the secret ingredient: Pimentón picante

Toss all the ingredients, and spread the potatoes on a large baking tray. Put in a hot oven, approx. 230’C and turn the potatoes around a few times, until cooked through and ‘puffed up’. Sprinkle a little more Maldon salt over for crunch and flavor.

Pimentón picante is a fantastic spice that my sister in-law brought me from Spain, thinking it was Smoked Paprika (which I had been pestering her to look for when in Spain, as it is fairly hard to find in Norway). This spice is a mild chilli-/hot paprika-powder. It is great on a lot of things, but I especially love it on potato wedges. If I ever run out (as I hardly ever will, as my kind sister in-law buys me some every time she’s in Spain- which is quite often), I would try to mix paprika with a little cayenne and some smoked paprika to make a spice similar to this.

Pimentón picante

Enjoy!