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Simple Spices For Quick and Easy Dinners

Updated: Feb 13, 2020

We've all been there; work's done, you get home and can barely get changed into your comfy clothes before it's dinner time, bath time, telly time, bed...

I'm a huge advocate of the Sunday prep - using your quiet day to batch cook a selection of delicious dinners and plan for the week ahead. It is so much easier to defrost something in the morning, bung it in a pan and save so much time.

This week, we bought a large pack of chicken and, to ensure we didn't waste any, came up with three dinners that would be easy to heat up during the week. One option was an Italian Chicken Stew; we have it with cheesy pasta and it is so easy to make.

I have to confess I am not much of a cook. Any shortcuts I can take, in the form of quick sauces, herbs and spices to add flavour; even - I confess - pre-chopped vegetables... I go for it.

This particular dish was such a hit with the other half that I thought I would share it with you - if it helps save you time, but still give you a delicious dinner - then it is worth trying, right?

To serve 2.

Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 45 minutes.


- 1 onion

- 1 garlic clove

- Olive oil to fry

- 2 x chicken breasts, cut into chunks

- 1 x tin tomatoes

- Tomato Puree (to taste)

- Tin of Mixed Beans

- Red Wine

- 1 x Chicken Stock Cube

- Paprika

- Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Using a deep frying pan, chop the onion finely and, mixed with garlic, fry until soft and brown. Add in the chicken and fry until sealed. Once complete, add Paprika - the amount is dependent on your taste but I like to ensure the chicken has a red coating. Next, add in your tin of tomotoes, tin of mixed beans, tomato puree, chicken stock and red wine. Add salt and pepper to taste and reduce the heat, allowing to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring regularly.

The dish can be served on its own or with rice, pasta or vegetables. A nice bit of crusty bread to soak up the sauce is bliss.

Of course, the better the ingredients you put in, the nicer the taste. We got some high quality chicken breasts and ensured our paprika was Schwartz which adds a real punch to your dish. But the prep time took 15 minutes, was super simple and resulted in a delicious dinner.

I am all about putting in time to save time. Quick and easy dinners are stress free but can still be nutritious and delicious. This recipe ticks both boxes.

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