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Chicken Cacciatore

For a slow cooked, delicious chicken dinner you just can't go past, Chicken Cacciatore, it uses a cheap cut of chicken and transforms it into a host of deliciousness. Here, let me show you.


There, doesn't that just make your mouth water?


Serves 6-8 depending on how hungry everyone is

Ingredients -

4 chicken maryland (drumstick with thigh attached)

Olive oil

1/2 brown onion, diced

1 carrot, quartered and sliced

1 stick celery, sliced

6 fat cloves of garlic (or at least half a big bulb)

1 capsicum, quartered and sliced

2 tins crushed tomato

1 large tin four bean mix, drained and rinsed

1 large tin champignons, rinsed

3 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon sumac

Green and black olives


To begin, heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and fry the marylands until golden on both sides, pop into a large pot or slow cooker. Add a little more oil to the frying pan, gently sweat off the onion, carrot, celery and capsicum until soft and fragrant, add the garlic, gently fry for about two more minutes, add the paprika and sumac, cook for another 30 seconds. Add all of that to the pot that has your chicken in it. Pour over the 2 tins of crushed tomato, beans and champignons, now, this is important, if you are using a slow cooker with a lid (which I did), do not add any more liquid, if you are using a pot with no lid, add two cups of water and you may need to top up with a little more water as you go along, turn on your heat source, I cooked mine in my slow cooker for six hours on high, if I was working in a pot it would take about two hours at a good simmer, keep an eye on the chicken, it will tell you when it is done.

When the chicken begins to fall apart as you lift it out of the dish with tongs (and if you are using a pot, the sauce has become very thick) it is done, turn the heat down low, add as many olives as you like (I like lots), and season to taste. Now get your sides on, you can serve this with pasta, mash, on toast, it is a bit rich on its own, so you will need something, as you can see I served it with a potato and sweet potato mash and quinoa and it was absolutely delicious.

Serve and enjoy. Happy cooking lovely people. Xxm.

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