Keshi Yena- Chicken from Aruba

  Today’s recipe is special.  My Mr. and I tried it for the first time on our honeymoon in Aruba.  It was the only thing on the local restaurant’s menu that was supposed to be a particularly “Aruban” dish, so we knew we had to experience it while we were there.
  It was incredible, and we knew we had to find a way to make it at home when we got back.
  Now…before we look at the ingredients, I want to warn you, you’re going to read this list and think to yourself “dear god, someone let a drunk man into the kitchen and he just threw random things in a pan and she’s calling it a recipe!”.  That’s what we thought when we read it!  But stick with me.  The combination sounds horrifying…it works though.
  Here’s what you need:
1 lb Gouda cheese, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
4 Tbsp butter
2 cups chicken, cut into small pieces (cooked)*
1 large tomato, chopped
2 dill pickles, minced
1 large green pepper, chopped
8  green olives, sliced (about 1.5 Tbsp)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 c golden raisins
1 Tbsp Yellow mustard
1/2 c ketchup
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 c cashews, chopped
*Grab a rotisserie and freeze the extra for our next pre-cooked chicken meal!
  …so basically we’re going to put a bit of every condiment you own in a bowl with some chicken and then cover it in cheese.  YUP.
  Start your oven preheating to 350 degrees.  On your stovetop, melt your butter in a skillet and fry your onions and garlic until soft.  Add all your remaining ingredients, other than your cheese, and stir to combine.
  Grease a 10-12″ baking dish with butter and layer some of the cheese on the bottom.  Cover this with your chicken mixture and then top with the remaining cheese.  Place this dish inside a slightly larger dish and fill the bigger dish with water, about halfway up the sides of the keshi yena pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.
  We don’t make this as often as we ought to, because I tend to forget that, despite the 3 million ingredients, it’s fairly simple.  This time we served it with guacamole, just to make sure that literally every food we had in the house was represented, and it was a wonderful addition.
  The Mr. and I of course love this, and G seemed to enjoy it as well.  Don’t be scared off by the wacky ingredient list, give it a try!

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