Little Red Rooster – Quick Chicken With Paprika
“You can rouse the world
From its shell of cloud
Caroline Hawkridge, Cockerel
Recipe for a rousing little red rooster
a knob (10g/1 tbsp) butter four half chicken breasts (total weight, about 570g/1¼lbs) 1 can Cambell’s condensed cream of celery soup pimentón) 4 tsp Spanish sweet smoked paprika (aka 160ml/⅔ cup sour cream or Greek yoghurt
- 2 tsp dry vermouth – ideally Noilly Prat but Martini is fine
3 cups (720 ml) – the important point here is that it is twice the amount of the rice – water 1 knob of butter (approx 10g) 1½ cups (10½ oz, 300g) of basmati rice – Tilda or Badshah is the best most easily available. For more about basmati and why it’s so special go here. 2 chicken stock cubes (or beef or fish cubes as appropriate) 1 level tsp turmeric couple of pieces of cinnamon about 1½”/about 5cm long salt and pepper
boil water put butter in a casserole dish and melt add rice, stir to cover with the melted butter (this helps to keep the grains separate) measure out one cup of boiling water, dissolve the stock cubes in it add the stock, the rest of the water, and stir in the turmeric, salt and pepper put the lid on the pan and either put in the bottom right aga oven for 15 minutes, or turn down the heat of the hob and continue to cook for about 15 minutes, resisting the temptation to fiddle with it! You don’t want to damage the delicate grains, the starch will be released and it will become sticky and stodgy. Also, if you take the lid off to look steam will escape, water will be lost, the temperature will drop and you will extend the cooking time. If you notice any liquid when you tip the saucepan it probably needs a couple of minutes longer. add the cinnamon at the last minute once finished you can cover with a tea towel for a two or three minutes and then fluff up with a fork if it needs to be kept warm for more time then put the lid back on otherwise it will dry out, but the sooner it’s eaten the better
cut the chicken into thin strips and fry in the butter for about ten minutes until well browned on all sides stir in the soup and paprika and get it boiling. cook for another five minutes
- add the vermouth
stir in the sour cream or the yogurt – ensure the whole lot is well cooked through but do not overheat or it will separate.
Choreographer, Christopher Bruce, has developed this dance version of Little Red Rooster, perfectly capturing the cockiness quality described in The Stone’s classic.