Chickpeas give an unusual flavour to a chicken casserole as well as making it more substantial.
This recipe first appeared in Delia's Frugal Food.
1.15-1.35kg roasting chicken, quartered
225g chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained
2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, peeled, halved and sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 x 400g tin Italian tomatoes
275ml stock (made from the giblets)
1 bay leaf
1-2 tablespoons tomato purée
1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
Preheat the oven to 170˚C/325˚F/gas mark 3.
Place the chickpeas in a saucepan with enough fresh water to cover them to a depth of about 5cm, then bring to the boil. Do not add any salt at this stage. Simmer (uncovered) for about 30 minutes, skimming after about 10 minutes.
While that’s happening, heat the butter and oil together in a flameproof casserole, then dry the chicken quarters on kitchen paper and fry in the hot fat over a medium heat until they’re evenly browned. Using a draining spool, remove them to a plate and in the fat remaining in the pan gently fry the sliced onion and crushed garlic until softened.
Now return the chicken to the pan and pour over the tomatoes and stock.
Then drain the cooked chickpeas, reserving their cooking liquor.
Add them to the chicken mixture with 150ml of the liquor as well. Net add the bay leaf, tomato purée and Herbes de Provence, and season.
Bring up to simmering point, cover and transfer the casserole to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the lid and bake for a further 30 minutes.
Taste and add a bit more seasoning if necessary before serving.