Tomato and Olive Chicken Drumstick Casserole

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I have been trying for a week to finish this blog post off. I managed a few precious minutes last week whilst the kids were frolicking in the toddler pool to get it done, only for the whole system to crash on me, so I wrote it again and for the second time it crashed and to add insult to injury sent out some half baked post to my lovely followers! Very frustrating indeed! It’s Sunday lunchtime and the kids are again in the pool as it is a scorcher of a day and I’m sitting upstairs in quiet solitude making the effort to record this recipe down as it really is worth it – a nice, tasty, easy and economical paleo meal – always great for a stay at home mum on a budget 🙂 So hear goes, third attempt!

INGREDIENTS

. 2 kg chicken drumsticks, organic preferably
. 1 large onion, cut in half then thinly sliced
. 1 1/2 capsicums, diced
. 2/3 cup green olives
. 400 g tin diced tomatoes
. 700 ml tomato passata (sugo)
. 2 large zucchini, halved and sliced
. 1 tspn smoked paprika
. 1 tspn salt
. pepper
. Olive oil

METHOD

1. In a large, stove top casserole dish brown the drumsticks in batches until nicely golden, remove and set aside.
2. Add the sliced onion and capsicum and lightly fry for 5 minutes. Add in salt and paprika and stir to mix well.
3. Return chicken to pan with olives, tomatoes and passata, bring to boil, lower and simmer covered for 50 – 60 minutes until the chicken is very tender and sauce thick and rich.
4. In the last 10 minutes of cooking put in the zucchini slices and simmer until nicely tender.

We served this with ‘Slendier Rice’ which is a pretend rice made with purified water, konjac flour and calcium hydroxide to strengthen the structure of the ‘rice’ while processing. Konjac is a mountain vegetable from Japan which is a gluten free, low carb, low calorie and high fibre vegetable. You can also buy noodles made from konjac flour and whilst they don’t taste like rice or noodles by themselves, eaten with a nice saucy stew, you can be fooled into thinking it is the original. And at 10 calories per 100 g serving, what is not to like? As usual, when I look to these quazi-paleo foods I consult primal guru Mark Sisson and he is quite happy with them eaten occasionally – good enough for me!

Time to get back in the pool!

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