Chicken cacciatore

Neil Perry
Neil Perry's chicken cacciatore.
Neil Perry's chicken cacciatore. Photo: William Meppem
Difficulty
Easy
Dietary
Dairy-free

A simple hunter-style chicken dish is great, as it's just set and forget. All the time is in the slow cooking. I love olives in it, although they're not really traditional. Anchovies and capers wouldn't be out of place either. I use tinned tomatoes because it's easier, but fresh peeled tomatoes are good as well.

Ingredients

6 free-range chicken legs, cut into thigh and drumstick

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium brown onions, peeled and chopped

2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

1 ½ cups dry white wine

400g can whole tomatoes, chopped with juices

1 ½ cups chicken stock

½ cup black olives

1 bay leaf

2 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves

2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

Method

1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium to high heat. Add onions, garlic and sea salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until soft. Remove onions from the pan, add the chicken and fry, turning pieces to brown evenly.

2. Put the onions back in, add wine and cook until wine reduces to a couple of tablespoons.

3. Add tomatoes with their juice, chicken stock, olives, bay leaf and rosemary. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30-40 minutes.

4. The chicken should be cooked but not falling off the bone, and the sauce should have thickened. Check the seasoning, add a good grind of pepper and fold the vinegar through. Place three chicken pieces on each of the four white plates, sprinkle with parsley and serve with soft polenta.

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