Sunday, 22 May 2016

062. The dish with no name.

A friend asked me once what I like to cook. I remember telling him that it really depends on which ingredients are available, and he in turn asked me if there is any dish that I particularly love to cook but unfortunately, I don't get to often. So hence, this dish, which (haha it rhymes) is originally of my mother's invention (she swears that it was an experiment involving chicken, tomato, and cheese in a combination she has already forgotten). With her permission, I modified the recipe. Below is the recipe I am excited to share with you all!

You'll need:

2 chicken breasts, sliced thinly*
5 leaves fresh oregano, chopped finely
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups grated quickmelt cheese**
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp corn starch, dissolved in water

For sauteeing, you'll need:

2 tbsp olive oil***
1 onion, finely chopped
garlic, crushed
1 chicken broth cube

Pre-heat oven to 180°C (356°F)****

Saute garlic and onion in olive oil, until golden. Add water, and dissolve broth cube, then add chicken. Let simmer for five minutes, then add half the tomatoes, then save tomatoes for later. Let simmer again for five minutes, then pour in tomato sauce and the dissolved cornstarch mixture. Sprinkle finely chopped oregano. 

Serve in a microwave oven/oven friendly dish. Add the remaining tomatoes and oregano, and the grated cheese.  Re-heat for ten minutes. 

****If you're using a microwave oven instead, set the time to five minutes. 

After that, it's ready to be served! Enjoy, and please let me know if you guys tried this and if you liked it!

*I've also tried this with fish--mainly with dory. 
** Mainly used quickmelt cheese, would one day venture into using mozarella.
*** You can use any type of cooking oil. Olive oil is just personal preference, and I believe it contributes to the flavour.

If you've got questions about the preparation, please feel free to comment, or send me an email, the address provided in my About page.

How's your weekend so far? :)

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