Chicken chorizo and courgette casserole is a delicious, quick and healthy budget dinner. The recipe makes up to 8 portions so there’s plenty to go round the family and there should be plenty to freeze too!
Folks, today I’m bringing you this tasty chicken chorizo and courgette casserole as it features in-season courgettes (zucchini), low cost tinned vegetables and other basic store cupboard staple ingredients.
You’ll not find this casserole lacking in flavour in any way either, just because it’s low cost. Nope, it’s got bags of it!
Plus it’s got plenty of healthy benefits and it’s really filling too.
A good bowlful of this heart healthy casserole should be enough to fill those hungry tums at dinner time, but you could also serve it with some hunks of crusty bread too just to be sure.
I make no apologies for being a big fan of chorizo.
Whilst some might complain that it’s quite a fatty meat, the quantities that I use in my recipes are really small compared to the taste and the flavours you get out of this versatile sausage, which are huge!
As part of a healthy meal plan the use of chorizo in recipes provides excellent value for money.
Hopefully you can get your hands on a reasonably good quality chorizo sausage which should only cost you a couple of pounds in your local supermarket and then you can freeze the part you don’t need.
Just like this recipe where you can easily freeze the portions you don’t need, freezing that extra chorizo is all money in that freezer bank!
I usually cut the leftover chorizo into 1-inch pieces and freeze them so that I can make use of them in my other chorizo recipes when needed.
Here’s a selection of my most popular chorizo recipes which you could use up any leftover chorizo with:-
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Chicken chorizo and courgette casserole is a delicious quick healthy budget dinner that should leave plenty to freeze for future.
- 1- inch sized piece chorizo , chopped into small pieces
- 600 g chicken breasts , cut into bite sized chunks
- 3 baking potatoes , chopped with their skin left on
- 2 onions , diced
- 2 courgettes , sliced
- 2 garlic cloves , crushed
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
- 500 ml chicken stock
- 400 g tin chickpeas , drained and rinsed
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp coriander , freshly chopped
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C Fan
- Sweat the chopped chorizo in a large casserole dish over a low heat, stirring for about 2 to 3 minutes until all the juices are released and the chorizo pieces are browned but not burnt.
- Add the chicken, potatoes, onions and courgettes to the pan and cook stirring together for a few minutes until the chicken is no longer pink.
- Add the garlic, paprika, chilli, tomatoes, chicken stock and chickpeas. Bring the contents of the pan to a boil and then turn down to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Transfer to centre of preheated oven and cook for 50 – 60 minutes, stirring half way through.
- Seasons to taste and serve in bowls with the chopped coriander sprinkled over.
Serve with hunks of crusty bread if required.
If you’re like me and constantly balancing your monthly budget, then this chicken chorizo and courgette recipe will definitely help that budget go further.
I am constantly balancing my budget between my goal of paying off the mortgage within 10 years, saving for retirement (eventually it’s a long way off!), holidays and just basically living.
When the tax man takes an extra £100 a month from my already hard earned wages (as he did at the end of last month and will do each month going forward) then it’s time to have to adjust even more (groan).
It was a bit of a blow as well as a not so nice surprise as you can imagine. However, there’s no point in moaning, I’m just adjusting to it and using it as a good reason to take stock and be happy and grateful for all that I have, and to look to see how else I can be more efficient.
I keep looking at that back garden of ours as it lies there covered with a weed filled lawn. My brother makes an excellent use of his garden, producing vegetables for his family. I think next year I’ll need to get a gardening project up and running to make better use of that area and maybe grown some veggie basics for using in some of my recipes.
Anyway, I digress…..hope you enjoy this seasonal chicken chorizo and courgette casserole budget themed recipe!
In keeping with what’s in season join me on Thursday for a new strawberry chia overnight oats breakfast recipe. One that you can enjoy whilst watching the Wimbledon!
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