Do you ever feel that you are run off your feet and you opt for some easy comfort food because you can't be bothered cooking? then fear not, the following recipe for Chilli Pigeon Stir Fry takes no time at all to make and is a family favourite in my house.
When I first started cooking with game produce the one animal I struggled to convince my family to eat was Woodpigeon. These birds are delicious but when they are referred to as "rats from the sky" it can take a lot of encouragement to get someone to overcome their preconceptions. These are not your typical feral pigeon eating cigarette butts in the town centre, these are Woodpigeon that have lived off the farmer's crop and have led a good life.
If you have never cooked or eaten Woodpigeon then you may be suprised to hear that it has a deep rich taste , not gamey, that can either be cooked whole in the oven or you can use the breasts for a variety of dishes. When cooking with the breasts I tend to remove the skin, which comes off really easy and for this recipe I thought it would work really well in a simple stir fry. It is a simple dish but effective dish and whilst I show you how to make your own marinade, you can easily skip this part if you are pushed for time. One thing I will add is that ther marinade does add that extra depth of flavour that works well in oriental dishes so if you do plan to have this, you may want to prep the breasts the night before or atleast a few hours prior to cooking.
All in all, this is a dish that I cook regularly, especially when I want minimal fuss or mess in my kitchen. If you don't fancy chilli sauce then you can swap it for Hoisin or sauce of your choice..they all work really well.
Chilli Woodpigeon Stir Fry
6 pigeon breasts, sliced thin
1 large bell pepper, sliced
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 pack noodles
4 spring onions, sliced thin
1/2 bottle light soy sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
6 baby corn, halved
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
Slice your pigeon breasts and cover with soy sauce, brown sugar and minced garlic. Give it a mix and leave in a tub overnight in the fridge.
Prepare all your veg and heat up some oil in a wok/frying pan.
Pan fry your pigeon for a minute then add all your veg and cook for 5 mins.
Add your noodles and remove from the heat.
Continue to mix the noodles,vegetables, pigeon all together and stir in your chilli sauce.
It’s simple, delicious and very healthy.