Chicken Pimiento Casserole is a dish made out of chicken and pimiento in a creamy sauce. I am not sure of the origins of this dish but I know my mom loves this as she makes this a lot when I was younger.
Basically the dish’s’ main element are the pimiento and it is the one that gives it that sweet and aromatic chilli flavour. Pimiento or cherry pepper is a popular type of chilli in the Philippines and America; it looks similar to red bell pepper or red capsicum as what we call here but in a smaller form usually 3 to 4 inches in length. It tastes sweet and more succulent and aromatic compared to red bell peppers.
Today I am going to recreate her recipe a simple hearty dish with strong hints of pimiento in a creamy sauce, best enjoyed with steaming hot rice.
1 kg chicken legs
3 pcs pimientos or 3 small orange capsicums (this give you near similar flavour), chopped
1 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
2 pcs shallots, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup water
2 tbsp flour
3 tbsp butter
freshly ground black pepper
- Season chicken with salt and pepper.
- In a heavy pan add small amount of oil and brown chicken pieces in batches. Remove chicken from pan then set aside.
- Add butter in the same pan then sauté garlic and shallots.
- Add flour and mix until thick.
- Add water, thyme, oregano and chicken then simmer in low heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Add pimientos and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add evaporated milk then simmer for 5 more minutes.
- Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper then serve.