14 December 2013

Chicken Cacciatore

I made this at the beginning of November, but as I had my university exams around then, I decided to prioritise, and study for those instead of writing a blog post.  Wise choice, because I passed all my classes!

This recipe comes from a recipe book my family has had forever, and I decided I wanted to make this because I felt like pasta, and we had chicken leg pieces to use.  Sometimes it's a matter of finding a recipe that suits what you have in the pantry to use up, instead of going out to buy stuff new and fresh specifically for a recipe, which can end up quite expensive!!


4 chicken leg portions (or 8 drums/thighs, or 4 thighs + 4 drums)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, diced into thin wedge
1 garlic clove
sprig of fresh thyme (I only had dried, so I used a tsp)
sprig of fresh rosemary
150ml dry white wine
200ml chicken stock
400g can chopped tomatoes
40g black olives, pitted (we didn't have any olives, so I just left them out)
15g capers, drained (again, we didn't have these either, so left them out)
salt and pepper
freshly cooked fettuccine, linguine or pasta shells


  • Heat 2 tsp oil and lightly brown the chicken pieces for 2 - 3 mins each side
  • Remove from pan and set aside
  • Add remaining 1 tsp oil to juices in the pan
  • Add red onion and gently cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally
  • Add garlic and cook for a further 5 mins until beginning to brown
  • Return chicken to the pan
  • Add herbs, then pour in wine and allow to bubble for 1 - 2 minutes
  • Add stock and tomatoes, then gently simmer for 15 mins
  • Stir in olives and capers (if you have them!)
  • Cook uncovered  for a further 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened
  • Remove (fresh) herbs and season with salt and pepper
  • Serve over freshly cooked pasta (500g dry pasta)

This was WAY yummier than I expected and I really loved the chicken with the tomato!  It was a lot easier to make than I thought as well, so that was a bonus!  Definitely one I shall make again in the future, because you all know how much I love pasta.

Recipe Inspiration: Everyday Cookbook: Low Fat (2006), edited by Gina Steer, p114

1 comment:

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