Monday, 16 November 2015

Jamie Oliver's Chicken and Squash Cacciatore

This is a great one pot recipe from Jamie's new cookbook 'Superfood'. It's perfect for a wintery evening meal and great for feeding a crowd. I assume it would adapt well to a slow cooker recipe, though the vegetables may get a bit soft, they could be added after a few hours of cooking. I have a huge amount of sauce left over, so tonight I'm going to add some stock and blitz it up and I think it'll make a delicious soup.  

1 onion
1 leek
4 cloves of garlic
2 rashers of smoked pancetta
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
olive oil
2 fresh bay leaves
½ a butternut squash or sweet potatoes , (600g)
100 g chestnut mushrooms
2 x 400 g tins of plum tomatoes
250 ml Chianti , or other good red wine
4 free-range chicken thighs, bone in
8 black olives (stone in)
200 g seeded wholemeal bread


Preheat the oven to 190°C. Peel the onion and cut into eighths, trim, wash and slice the leek, peel and slice the garlic. Place a large ovenproof casserole pan on a medium heat. Finely slice the pancetta, pick and finely chop the rosemary leaves, then place both in the pan with 1 tablespoon of oil and the bay leaves. Stir regularly for 2 minutes, then add the garlic, followed by the onion and leek. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.

Meanwhile, chop the squash or sweet potato (wash first) into bite-sized chunks, leaving the skin on and discarding any squash seeds. Add the mushrooms and chopped squash or sweet potato to the pan. Remove and discard the chicken skin and add the chicken to the pan. Pour in the wine and let it reduce slightly, then add the tomatoes and break them up with a wooden spoon. Half-fill each tin with water, swirl about, pour into the pan and mix it all together. Destone the olives, then poke them into the stew. Bring to a gentle simmer, then transfer to the oven to cook for 1 hour, or until thick, delicious, the chicken falls off the bone and the squash or sweet potato is lovely and tender. Season to perfection, then serve with bread to mop up that tasty sauce.

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