- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 medium onion
- 1 chunk of ginger
- 3 medium tomatos
- 6 pieces sundried tomato
- 6 kalamata olives (or any of your choice)
- Sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Bunch of fresh oregano
- Bunch of fresh thyme
- 1 small cinnamon quill
- 1 piece star anise
- 500 grams chicken mince
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
This is a great dish with some vegetables (for paleo) or with some pasta. It is made from scratch with all natural ingredients. Better than the bottled stuff by far!
Chop up the garlic, ginger and onions into small pieces. Try not to crush the garlic as you lose a lot of the juices and nutrients. Same goes for chopping, the less you chop the less you lose.
Chop up the sundried tomatoes and olives into smaller pieces so you get more on each bite.
Chop up the tomatoes and blend to make into a puree (alternatively you could add in tomato chunks if you didn’t want any sauce.
- Heat the wok or pot on a medium to low heat to warm it up
- Add the oil the cinnamon quill and star anise
- Stir the spices through the oil
- Add the ginger and onion, stir, and add the garlic
- When the onions are starting to brown add the chicken mince and spread it out
- When the chicken has browned slightly on one side turn it over and start to break up the chunks
- When chicken is brown all over add the blended tomatoes. Add a small amount of water into the blender to grab some of the tomato residue and pour into the wok
- Add salt and paper ( I usually do 1 teaspoon of salt and a few cracks of pepper)
- Stir through and cover until mixture boils, uncovering and stirring occasionally (or you can leave it on a slow heat and not let it boil if you are worried about the olive oil)
- Throw in the rest of the ingredients (I throw in the thyme whole stalk and all and remove whilst eating –you pull off the leaves if you like. The oregano I rip the leaves and throw in)
- Uncover and let the liquid evaporate till you reach however much sauce you want. I didn’t want it too saucy so let it sit for longer.
- Don’t forget to stir through al the time
- Dish up with some vegetables and sweet potato and enjoy. Or have some wholemeal pasta and vegetables if you are still having grains.
Feel free to mix up the ingredients, I find these work well together. I am not too fused on quantities and usually just put in rough amounts. If you love garlic, add more! If you hate it, take some out.
Olive oil if used for cooking should not be heated very high. It should be okay to use on a medium heat. Otherwise you can easily substitute with coconut oil.
I had this with wholemeal pasta as I haven’t cut out grains yet but you can easily have it with vegetables instead.
Adding some dried chilli flakes or fresh chillies will give it an extra kick.