Coral Chicken

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There is no way of resisting pasta in the cold months. This recipe is no exception. It’s comforting, simple, inexpensive and pretty tasty too, if I say so myself.

Growing up, pasta was rarely made, although the meals that were made, were divine. I guess you can say that I appreciate pasta meals, but there are people out there that really don’t. For most pasta is a meal you make for the masses or something that is just whipped up; it’s nothing exciting. Despite this, you can make really good pasta meals that not only warm you up from the inside out but also are hearty and make you feel right at home. It is comfort food; you can’t go wrong with that!

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A lot of winter food is rather heavy. Don’t get me wrong, I love the heavy stews and warming dishes that come out during the winter months. However, it’s also good to step away from them and enjoy simple lighter meals.

I would recommend this recipe for when you are entertaining pasta loving friends. It can be made ahead and easily popped into the warmer while you entertain. Serve it with a garlic loaf and fresh salad and you are sorted. Simple dinner for friends, no need to fret over bubbling pots all the time.

This Coral Chicken recipe comes from my file of recipes my Mom collected over the years. It’s one of those recipes that are simple but pack a whole lot of flavour.

Enjoy the simple delights…

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Ingredients

6 Tablespoons Tomato sauce

2 Tablespoons Brown vinegar

1 teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoons Sugar

2 Tablespoons Butter

250 ml cream

1 teaspoon curry powder

2 Chicken breasts, on bone

1 Cup Macaroni Pasta

Parsley (optional)

Chili Powder (optional)

 Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180˚C.
  2. Season the chicken breasts, place in a baking tray, add some chicken stock or about a cup of water and bake the chicken pieces for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and remove the meat off the bone (cut into pieces).
  4. While the chicken is cooking, boil the macaroni according to the packet instructions. Be sure to add salt to the water, as that gives the pasta some flavour.
  5. In a separate pot, melt the butter and add the curry powder and cook on the stove over a low heat very slowly for 2 minutes. You don’t want it to burn.
  6. Add the tomato sauce, vinegar, salt, and sugar to the pot, mix together and heat through until all ingredients are blended.
  7. Turn the stove plate off and lastly, add the cream to the mixture. Do not allow the cream to boil.
  8. In an oven-proof, shallow dish, lay out the macaroni at the bottom, sprinkle the chicken pieces over and then pour the cream sauce over.
  9. Place into an oven at 180˚ and allow to heat through and cook for 15 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle over some parsley or a little chili powder and serve with salad.

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