This past weekend saw us move the majority of our possessions into our new flat. With moving and getting married being two of the most stressful life events (apparently) I now doubt my wisdom at deciding to do them in the same month!
Combined with the chilly autumn – or cold winter – weather we’re experiencing in Cape Town at the moment, every cell in my body cries out for comfort food. As most of my pots, pans and utensils need to be unpacked, this is no stress, no fuss – on pan, then into the oven – and to your table in under 30 minutes.
The asparagus from Mediterranean Delicacies adds a hint of sweetness, and helps pack a little undercover vegetables into the dish. If you’d like to make this a truly one-pot-wonder, you can add chickpea, cooked pasta or even any type of precooked beans to the sauce before grilling. Whatever you do, please don’t ignore the lemon. It’s only a tablespoon of zest, but it really does wonders to lift the dish, add flavor and cut through the richness of the cream. Make this dish at least once this winter –everyone will thank you.
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into strips
1 tsp butter
350ml fresh cream
small handful of fresh tarragon, roughly chopped
salt to season
1 bottle Mediterranean Delicacies White Asparagus 330g Jar
1 tbsp lemon zest (freshly grated)
handful of roughly chopped croutons / breadcrumbs
3 tbsp grated pecorino or Parmesan
In a large frying pan, melt the butter over a medium high heat. Once melted add the chicken breast strips and fry until golden on all sides. Add the cream, and most of the tarragon to the chicken, with some salt to season.
Allow to simmer on a medium heat for 7-10 minutes until the cream has reduced and thickened slightly. Set your oven to “grill” – drain the asparagus and lay it evenly at the bottom of a rectangular oven-proof dish – ideally one you’d like to take to the table too. Spoon over the creamy chicken mixture, then sprinkle over the lemon zest, croutons and pecorino / Parmesan. Place under the grill for a minute – just until the cheese and croutons and crisped. Serve with chunks of glorious fresh, white bread, or over your choice of cooked pasta.