Chicken Cacciatore

I saw a photo of this dish on an instagrammers page last week and I’ve fancied making it ever since. I’ve found numerous recipes and combined lots of ideas to create this dish. It was really delicious- crispy chicken and a lovely rich red wine sauce. I’ll definitely make it again- a hit with the whole family.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

8 chicken thighs (skin on)

Plain flour

Seasoning

3 tbsp olive oil

2 red onions chopped

1 red pepper chopped

2 cloves of garlic crushed

1 glass red wine

200ml chicken stock

3 sprigs fresh thyme

10 black olives

400g chopped tomatoes

METHOD

1) Preheat oven to 180oC (fan)

2) Put the salt and pepper on a plate with the plain flour. Toss the chicken thighs in this mix to coat them.

3) Fry the chicken thighs in the olive oil until golden (a few minutes each side).

4) Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

5) Fry the onion and peppers until soft. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute. Season.

6) Keep the heat high and add the red wine. Boil for 2 minutes. Then add the stock. Boil for a further minute.

7) Add the tomatoes, olives and thyme.

8) Place the chicken on top and move to the oven. Do not cover and cook for 30 minutes.

9) Serve with spaghetti tossed in olive oil and black pepper.

Bolognese Sauce

The @morrisons frozen soffritto mix in this easy bolognese sauce is a game changer. Onions, celery and carrot all diced and ready to cook, makes cooking time so much quicker. I use it in a number of other dishes too when I’m in a rush like minestrone soup and sausage cassoulet which I’m making later this week.

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp olive oil

140g diced pancetta

750g beef and pork mince

350g frozen soffritto mix

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

Seasoning

150ml red wine

Thyme

2 bay leaves

3 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

150ml semi-skimmed/full fat milk

METHOD

1. Fry the pancetta in the olive oil until golden.

2. Add the mince and break down with a spoon. Cook on a medium heat until the meat has browned.

-Spoon out some of the fat if you feel there is surplus in the pan.

3. Stir in the frozen soffritto mix and cook for 10 minutes.

4. Add the crushed garlic and cook for a further minute. Season.

5. Turn up the heat to high and pour in the red wine.

6. Then add the thyme, bay leaves and 3 tins of chopped tomatoes and stir.

7. It will seem quite a lot of tomatoes at this point but allow it to simmer for 10 minutes and the sauce will reduce.

8. Pour in the magic ingredient- milk and stir. This takes the sauce to another level making it richer.

9. It will again seem very saucy 🤣 but cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for up to 1 hour (keep an eye on it, stirring occasionally to stop it catching.)

10. Taste and adjust seasoning.

11. Serve with spaghetti and a good grating of Parmesan.