Thanks to Jennifer of the blog Chez Loulou for the idea. In a comment on my blog a few days ago, she mentioned a similar cake using chicken and dried apricots. That sounded good, but I didn't have any apricots so I used dried tomatoes with a good result. Last week, I made a similar cake (or loaf) with bacon and olives in it.
We had had a chicken for lunch the day before, so I used the leftover roasted chicken breast in the cake rather than cook a boneless chicken breast especially for the recipe. I also had three thin slices of French bacon — very lean, smokey "back bacon" — so I cut those up into slivers and added them to the cake batter with the chicken, tomatoes, and cheese.
Here's the recipe I came up with:
Savory chicken-tomato-cheese “cake”
1¼ cups (150 g) flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. dried mixed herbs
½ cup (120 ml) olive oil or other vegetable oil
½ cup (125 ml) plain yogurt or milk
1 cooked chicken breast (200 g)
3 oz. (100 g) sun-dried tomatoes
3 slices bacon (optional)
3 oz. (100 g) grated cheese
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC.
Butter (or oil) and flour a loaf pan and set it aside.
Dice up the shallot and cook it in a skillet in a little oil just until softened.
Dice or shred the cooked chicken breast — cook a fresh breast or use half the breast of a roasted chicken.
Cut the bacon into slivers. If you prefer, you can blanch or pre-cook the bacon, but it's not necessary— cut into fine slivers, it will cook in the cake batter as the loaf bakes in the oven. You can substitute a slice or two of ham (jambon blanc) or other cured meat for the bacon if you want, or not use it at all.
Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in water to rehydrate them if necessary, and then chop them into small pieces. (If they are packed in oil, just chop them.)
Grate the cheese (Gruyère, Comté, or other Swiss-style cheese, or even cheddar — whatever you like.)
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and dried herbs together in a big bowl. Add the oil, yogurt (or milk), eggs, and grated cheese, and stir to blend well. When you have a smooth batter, fold in the chopped shallot (along with the oil it cooked in, for the flavor) and the chopped chicken, bacon (optional), and sun dried tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.This is a cake that you can cut into cubes or slices and serve at apéritif time. It's good with chilled white or rosé wine — still or sparkling. It's also good at lunch time — serve a thick slice with a good green or mixed salad.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until done. Test with a wooden skewer to make sure the cake is cooked all the way through. Let it cool completely in the pan before you slice it.
It would also be good with sauteed mushrooms in it, I think.