Chicken and Butter Beans in Lobster Bisque

 What’s going on? It feels like winter again! The sun had come out, the short sleeves were on and the mood was lifted and then bang, the sun is gone and the cold is back in my bones. I’m back in my fleece pyjamas with the central heating on full blast.
It was Mayday bank holiday weekend and we had to spend it indoors. Well, if you need to get warm do what I did, get a bottle of wine in and try my Chicken and butterbean in Lobster Bisque.I made this during the week while suffering from a migraine, that’s a small miracle in itself. I had bought a Lobster bisque in a bottle a couple of weeks back from Lidl, it was only €0.99, it just needed warming to serve. With the best intentions, I hadn’t used it, it got relegated to the back of the cupboard.
To be honest, the fact that it was so cheap put me off, does that make me a snob? Using the Lobster Bisque in this recipe wasn’t planned, I had started to make a chicken and butter bean soup and just thought that it needed a little colour so when I went searching the cupboard I found the Lobster Bisque and figured I’d chuck it in and hope for the best.
I poured the whole bottle in and here it is, thick, creamy and lovely. It was good enough to make the shortlist of my 15-year old’s favourite soups and that’s really saying something. She is developing a good palate and I’ve learned to value her opinion on my cooking, it’s often short and brutal, but on this occasion, it went my way.
I mentioned I had a migraine, it’s become quite a familiar acquaintance over the years, unfortunately.I’ve been suffering with them on and off for the past 5 years. Since around the time, I got married in fact, coincidence? My GP reckons it’s hormonal. My baby is 4 months old now and I’m still suffering from those nasty hormones.
I’m sensitive to almost anything that moves or doesn’t move in fact. The worst offenders are kids tantrums, lack of quality time with my husband, time with my husband (the paradox), messy house or you name it. I think I’m a wee bit less dangerous than when I was pregnant, perhaps not though.My day began this morning when my husband got up to feed the baby at 05:30. I couldn’t get back to sleep, I get this sense of the hectic day ahead looming and sleep just flies from me.
It turns out I wasn’t dreading the day for no reason, Benjamin was cranky ’cause he’s teething, poor Babba and the 2 toddlers were on a mission ‘Kill Mammy’s Brain’. After a number of dramas with the toddlers and the baby crying in the background, I lost it and screamed at the toddlers and ‘hey presto’ I have a migraine. Is there any end to the hormone battle for women? It seems I’m always either very cranky, tired or very sad. Anyway, I put the tv on for the kids and lay down on the couch with my eyes closed. Thankfully, Thomas came home before long and I was rescued.
I went to my bed and just hoped a migraine would pass soon. I had to stay in bed all day where instead of sleeping, I just lay there thinking and planning, I wish I had an off switch sometimes. Despite all my planning, I do instead of sleeping though I end up just getting the same things done, looking after kids, cleaning and a bit of horticulture. That’s a lot though, isn’t it?

Chicken and Butter Beans in Lobster Bisque

Per Serving 245 calories

Fat 9 g

Carbs 23 g

Protein 20 g

12


Chicken and Butter Beans in Lobster Bisque

Ingredients

4 Chicken Breasts

2 tbsp of coconut oil

Few curry leaves or bay leaves

1 tea spoon of whole coriander seeds

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 tea spoon of hot cayenne pepper

1 can of Mix beans

1 can of butter beans

1/2 liter of Deluxe lobster bisque or chicken stock

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, crushed

1/2 inch of ginger, crushed

1 tbsp of paprika

150g green beans, chopped 2 inches long

Salt and pepper to taste

(water, Vegetable or chicken stock if needed)

Fresh chives to garnish

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken breast into bit size pieces.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot.
  3. Fry the coriander seeds and the curry leaves till they pop then add the chicken, onion, ginger, garlic and fry for few minutes till onion looks translucent.
  4. Add chopped can tomatoes, butter beans, mixed beans, green beans and lobster bisque.
  5. Add paprika and season generously.
  6. Add some water or stock if it's too thick.
  7. Simmer till chicken is well cooked.
  8. Garnish with fresh chopped chives or coriander just before serving.
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