My mom does not like `herb-y’ dishes. She finds it a bit weird to taste really strong flavours lingering on her mouth. That makes me the exact opposite of hers. I love playing with herbs and spices. I always love it when I cook with lots of herbs and spices because you can get an explosion of flavour while eating! Sometimes, there could be lots of herbs and spices mixed in the dish that it’s a surprise if the combination works or not. That’s what I love most about cooking; to get the result and see if it tastes good or yuck. :p
During my 3-month stay with my parents last summer, it was a great time for me to cook for them and to show them what kind of food I eat. It was also a chance for me to convince my mom that herbs can’t be too bad I played it real simple with this dish and made sure that all the ingredients can be easily accessible to her, as it can be quite tricky to get some herbs or spices back home in the Philippines.
500g chicken breast, cubed
1 small can evaporated milk
1/2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 small can chick peas
1 tbsp cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste
1. Marinate the chicken with half the portion of thyme, salt and pepper. Make sure to rub the herb to the chicken to allow the flavour to sink into the meat. Leave it for about 30minutes.
2. After marinating, heat some oil to a pan. Sear the chicken really quickly just to seal all the flavours in. Remove the chicken from heat once colour changes and set aside.
3. Saute the garlic and onion. Cook until onion is a bit transparent and soft.
4. Pour the milk and wait until it starts to boil. Once it starts boiling, add the chicken in to continue cooking. Let it simmer for 2-3minutes.
5. Toss the chick peas and stir in the mixture. Simmer for about another minute then add the rest of the chopped thyme or add some thyme sprigs.
It was a surprise when after my mom tasted it, she told me that it was her favourite among all the dishes that I cooked for her so far! It was really nice hearing it from my mom, especially I know that she doesn’t like food with herbs in it