Saturday, May 7, 2011

Italian-style Chicken Stew...Take Two...

There has been a chill in the air today, so I thought a hearty chicken stew would warm the cockles tonight. I posted this recipe back in June 2009. So, for those in the Southern Hemisphere, here it is again.

For those in the Northern climes, very soon I'll post a fantastic Mayonnaise recipe...I found it online, can't remember where now but it is super; I make it weekly and I'm sure we'll be using it all year around.

We had this the other night. The above photo is a bit yucky-looking (before it went into the oven) but it was so yum. We had steamed cauliflower and zucchini with it, which gave a bit of crunch.

I know, a Winter dish and most of you are into Summer but make a note - highly recommended for a cold day.

2.5kg chicken, cut into 12 pieces
3 tbsp plain flour
2 tsp sea salt (I only sprinkled S & P)
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 onions
6 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole
4 sprigs fresh rosemary, bruised
1 cup dry white wine
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 cup chicken stock
6 anchovy fillets, chopped
3/4 cup pitted black olives
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1. Preheat oven to 200C (180C fan-forced). Place chicken in bowl. Add flour, salt and pepper and toss well to coat chicken.
2. Heat oil in flameproof casserole on stove and fry half the chicken pieces for 5 to 6 minutes until browned. Remove from pan with slotted spoon. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces.
3. Add onion, garlic and rosemary to casserole and fry for 2 to 3 minutes until golden. Return chicken to pan, add wine and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Add tomatoes, stock, anchovies and olives and bring to boil. Cover with tight fitting lid and transfer to oven. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove lid and cook for further 15 minutes until chicken is cooked and sauce thickened. Scatter over parsley and serve with grilled cheesy polenta triangles.

I haven't made the Polenta triangles yet but will do them one day soon. DMJ bought home a Slow Cooker last night. Have yet to read the book and might give it a go tomorrow.


Susan said...

I'm always looking for a good soup recipe and this one looks delicious and hearty. You're right, I'll probably wait a few months before trying it! It's a little too warm right now. Soups and stews are my favorite meals to prepare and to eat.

Alaine said...

Me too, always looking for something different. Will try out the Slow Cooker tomorrow with some gravy beef and also make another batch of Onion Jam.

Derrick said...

Hello Alaine,

I was all ready to invite myself over, then noticed you had this the other evening! I have a great recipe (although I say so myself)for chicken with peppers and olives in a tomato sauce that has cubes of mozzarella added at the end!

Alaine said...

Derrick, that sounds lovely too, especially with the mozza melting in!

Delwyn said...

Hi Alaine

I do something similar but never thought about anchovies - that would add depth...I'll try it...

Happy Days

vicki archer said...

Sounds delicious - I shall save this recipe for winter time. Thank you, xv.

Alaine said...

Delwyn, funny about that, I said to DMJ that I didn't see the point of the anchovies; is that what they do, add depth?

Vicki, thanks for visiting. I've been gushing to everyone about your book; I'm up to 'Summertime in the French Countryside'. I'll look forward to your next one.

Delwyn said...

Well they will add salt that's for sure but also depth I'd imagine. I know that it Thai cooking they talk about balancing the salty with sweet with sour with hot(chilli)
so I often think about that when flavouring.

Happy days

alaine@éclectique said...

I know, the comments from the previous post were published too...I really miss Derrick and Delwyn; they are no longer blogging but I hear from Susan and Vicki now and then.

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Greetings from Belgium

alaine@éclectique said...

Maison de lin...Jérôme, my header is by the artist James Jacques Joseph Tissot and was painted in 1870. I love it, particularly as our dog, Taj, looks so much like the dog in the boat. No, the painting does not belong to us; I believe it's privately owned.

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alaine@éclectique said...

Renée....thanks, sweetie, I love it. Looking forward to seeing your showroom!! xa