Chicken Over Cornbread and Chorizo

Remember when I blogged about finding fulfillment outside of exercise?

Well, suffice it to say cooking/baking is now my main hobby.


I still have yet to decide if this is a good hobby for a person with limited exercise capabilities to have. There’s always that issue of an expanding waistline. But you don’t always choose your hobbies, sometimes they choose you!


Finding my way around the kitchen with the capability of 1.5 working arms certainly poses its challenges. But the good kind of challenges that inspire me to do better, and not the kind that just frustrate me.

Can’t lift a pan into the oven? I’ll show that pan.

Okay, I may have also sustained a few burns in the process, but it’s all burns of love.


This recipe was featured in the same issue of the Globe and Mail as the Strawberry Rhubarb Galettes. A particularly good food section that day I must say. I’ve never made cornbread before and have been hankering for it ever since my old-roommie Megan made jalapeño cornbread a long, long time ago. I used this “Easy Cornbread” recipe because it looked more on the savoury side. However, while incredibly easy, it wasn’t my favourite.


After baking, the cornbread is then crumbled and sautéed with chorizo, paprika, fennel and onion. Then baked with chicken on top. If I were to ever make this again, I would double the paprika or make a spicy cheddar cornbread, and add mushrooms and red peppers to the sautéed mix.

Okay, maybe I just want an excuse to make more cornbread. Which is a-okay, seeing as this is my new favourite hobby and all.


Posted on June 15, 2011, in Baking, Recipes. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. This sounds amazing!!! I love any recipe that includes cornbread. :)

  2. Hehe, I have three different burns from trying to take things out of my oven with just one hand. Not a great idea…but at least your finished product looks AWESOME!

  3. That looks so good! Can I come over for dinner? ;)

  4. mmm…that looks delicious. i love anything with stuffing : )

  5. I don’t know if you have the show “top chef” over there in Canada, but they had an episode where the chefs had to make a fancy meal with one arm tied behind their back. I think you did far better job with that cornbread and chicken. I think you should have your own cooking show called “one handed dinners”.

    • Hmm, pretty sure any cooking show featuring me would have to be featured on subscription cable only due to the high number of obscenities that come from me while cooking with one hand.

      I have to find that episode of Top Chef!

  6. This looks incredible! I support the cheddar cornbread idea- I ALWAYS support cheddar, let’s be honest. :) I think it’s great that you’re using cooking/baking as a hobby. And if it makes you happy but you’re still concerned about eating too many treats or indulgent dishes, you could always consider donating stuff to a food pantry or something!

  7. I am obsessed with both cornbread and chorizo lately. Therefore, I fully support your new hobby. :)

  8. Hey waitaminute! I thought that your hobby was always cooking and baking and your beloved profession was fitness?!!?!!?!!

    Yes, cornbread is definitely the hot item right now- I just saw HEABs post which includes some too. What’s not to love about corn and bread and cornbread?!

  9. i need this in my belly. like now. i am OBSESSED with jalapenos lately!!

  10. That looks great! I always like excuses to make corn bread :)

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