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Chicken cacciatore

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 6
From Saturday Kitchen
This big pot of chicken and tomato stew is perfect for a mid-week family meal.


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion, celery and carrots for 4-5 minutes, or until softened. Add the chicken pieces and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes or until the have browned a little.

  2. Pour in the wine and continue to cook until the volume of the liquid has reduced by half. Stir in the tomato purée and the stock.

  3. Add the herbs, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

  4. Meanwhile, cook the polenta according to packet instructions. Add the butter and parmesan and stir until well combined.

  5. To serve, spoon the polenta onto serving plates and top with the chicken.


For the chicken

  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
  • 6 chicken breasts, or chicken thighs, bones removed
  • 175ml/6fl oz white wine
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 500ml/17 fl oz chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 sage leaves
  • 1 rosemary sprig

For the polenta

  • 250g/9oz easy-cook polenta
  • knob of butter
  • 25g/1oz parmesan

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