Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Chicken Cosima for Potluck

 It's Potluck time at I Heart Cooking Club. Nigella Lawson's last cookbook flat out didn't thrill me.  I am a big fan of hers and use the Nigella Express cookbook often.  That's my favorite one of hers.  But the last one had much whinging and reflecting on the state of the world.  

I just want her recipes, not her take on the state of the world. However, this is one recipe I loved and after returning the book to the library, found it on Mail Online news.

This one is highly recommend. A healthy dish which is easy to prepare and easy on the budget. If you like sweet poatoes and chickpeas I think you will enjoy this recipe.   Grab a spoon and ladle up a serving or two!

Nigella's original recipe may be found at Mail Online HERE. She used chicken breast and I used thighs. I doubled the spices and was glad I did.

Chicken Cosima

6  boneless chicken thighs (trimmed of fat and cut into chunks)
2 cups sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped into bite size chunks)
2 cans chickpeas (drained)
1 large onion (chopped)
2 cups chicken stock 
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Heat a large dutch oven or a pot you can place inthe oven.  I drizzled about 2 tablespoons of olive oil to heat. Add the chopped onion and saute until it's soft.

Add the bag with seasoned chicken thigh chunks and stir fry for a few more minutes.  At this point I tipped in a bit more tumeric and cumin.  Next add sweet potatoes, chickpeas and the chicken stock. Bring to a boil.

Put the lid on and place in the oven at roughly 400 degrees for 20 minutes.   If your pot isn't oven proof you may transfer it to a ovenproof dish for this step.

I served this over rice and afterwards mixed the rice into the leftovers. The first night it was like a thick soup, but not a stew, not that thick.  The second night it still had enough broth so we could use baguette to sop up broth.

Note: this can be made vegetarian if you (obviously) omit the chicken and use vegetable broth.  You can add in spinach for bulk.  


  1. Another one that I want to make. I love easy!

    1. Vicki, I hope you like it. It's a keeper at our house.

  2. Nigella has never been one of 'my' cookbook authors, but this sounds good. I've been making stews with a lot of orange vegetables (like sweet potatoes) and chick peas lately because we've decreased our meat consumption. So the vegetarian version sounds good. I still use chicken broth, though.

    best ... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    1. Mae, I love sweet potatoes all on their own or in casserole or stew.

  3. I need to pull out my copy of Nigella Express. I really enjoyed her earlier cookbooks but haven't loved the more recent ones. I'm on the waiting list for the next one at the library and am curious to see what I think of that one.

    1. Katherine, I agree that Nigella's earlier cookbooks were better than the recent ones. I use the Nigella Express quite a bit. The cole slaw recipe is fabulous.

  4. I'm not a fan of hers, John just likes to look at her!!
    This sounds good, I would use thighs too.

  5. i adore nigella, but i'm the opposite of you in that i love her prose and i am very happy to read her "whingeing". I loved her first book and i use 'Feast' often but not so much the others. I have to say tho that when i saw her live she was a wee bit boring :(

  6. I love the name of this dish, unfortunately I can no longer digest beans...

  7. I like a lot of her recipes -- and this one sounds like a winner. Perfect for the cooler months!

  8. LOL! Tina I am laughing about how you don't want her take on the state of the world. I agree with you and I also agree that Nigella Express is my favorite of hers. I think I have been through that one several times and made everything I wanted to make from it.

    This recipe does look delicious and I can see why it caught your eye. I'm glad you doubled the spices too. I would have done the same thing!

    Take care!

  9. I love Nigella and reading her cookbooks. This does look like an easy and delicious stew. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays.

  10. I haven't really looked at Nigella's cookbooks. I think I borrowed one from the library once, but that's as far as I got! I do have a couple of her recipes that I do make. This one sounds like a winner too!


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