PROJECT RECIPE: Tabasco Braised Chicken with Chickpeas and Kale

Mmmm. Just thinking about this dish warms me right up. Which is nice, since it’s 8 degrees right now.

One-pot dishes in a dutch oven and winter were “MFEO.” That’s “made for each other” in Sleepless in Seattle speak. Does anyone remember that line from Gaby Hoffman in the movie? It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. And her character was adorable.

Anyway, I found this recipe for Tabasco Braised Chicken with Chickpeas and Kale on Pinterest from FoodieCrush. Last year at MixedCon, Heidi was one of our speakers, and I have been a fan of her website and online magazine, FoodieCrush ever since. While she’s a curator of beautiful food pics and links to recipes from around the internet, this girl’s got some serious recipe chops to back her up, too.

I think it was the sum of all parts that drew me in: chickpeas, kale, tabasco, braising… All things that get my stomach growling when I see them on a recipe. This one does not disappoint.

PROJECT RECIPE verdict: Keeper. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this, because I imagined the tabasco would be really harsh and acidic. But the recipe doesn’t call for a lot. And a little tabasco goes a long way. It was a nice little kick. Not overpowering at all. The whole pot came together pretty quickly, which was great for a weeknight dinner. Most of the cooking time was unattended. This was so nice and hearty, too; perfect for a cold winter evening.


I wish this picture was better, but as the pattern has been for the past few Project Recipe pics, this was hot and ready to eat, and I was HUNGRY. So the photo process was a little rushed.

I learned at Mixed Con that a good bit of food that is styled for photo shoots sits for sometimes hours and is manipulated and prodded, and sometimes even window cleaner is used (to clean up greasy streaks on the rims of dishes). These things are all very conducive to taking beautiful pictures of food. By people who make their living showing the world their beautiful pictures of food.

That is not me. I don’t even have a proper camera. I take all my pics with an iPhone 4. No lie. Sometimes, if the picture is really bad, I use Instagram’s filters as a crutch. Because I still don’t like showing you ugly food. Ninety-nine percent of the time, when I take pictures of food, it’s dinnertime. It’s dark outside and my kitchen isn’t well lit after the natural light disappears. And I’ve just worked eight hours, come home and spent the last thirty minutes to one hour cooking dinner, and I just want to sit down and enjoy it. So, some days, if I’m lucky, I can show you beautiful pictures of food worthy of a magazine layout that I made minutes before I snapped the pic. The rest of the time, this is what you get.

I’m trying to get better, but I thought you’d appreciate that I was keepin’ it real, too.


One thought on “PROJECT RECIPE: Tabasco Braised Chicken with Chickpeas and Kale

  1. HaHa! I can appreciate your photo journalism issues. My Hubby gets pissed if I am screwing around taking pics of my food and it is getting cold…lots of eye rolls! LOL I love that feeling of unity at Mixedcon, hanging with others that take pictures constantly! I don’t feel weird anymore about it! This dish does look great, and I may give it a try. I will let you know. My hubby loves tabasco!

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