If you want to ever instantly add flavour pick a meat that still has the bone in! I love that I can purchase these chicken things with their bones in and skin on. It seriously makes for a super tasty dinner. But this cut of meat doesn’t require you to cook it low and slow, so that’s why I’m calling it my quick Hunter’s chicken.
Cacciatore means ‘hunter’, so this is obviously the type of food that a hunter’s wife cooks for her husband when he comes home HUNGRY. And as I have a household of boys (and I love eating all of the olives) it’s a favourite in my household.
Pairing it with a solid carb or two – think crusty Italian bread, mash potato or pasta and you’ve got yourself a seriously winter-warming, tummy-filling pot of goodness.
This recipe is set and forget. Pop it all in the pan, throw that into the oven and get cracking on something else – reading that brief, working on homework, listening to some readers, picking up a book for yourself, making your self a drink, scrolling through instagram and finding more recipes that you want to recreate.
Recipe: Quick Hunter’s Chicken
- 2 kg chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
- 3 rashes of bacon
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 8 bay leaves
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 spring of oregano
- 3 cloves garlic , peeled (crushed)
- 2 large carrots
- 1 punnet of mushrooms
- 6 anchovies
- 1 handful of olives (de-pitted)
- ½ bottle Chianti
- 1 jar of passata
- extra virgin olive oil
Ain’t no hood like motherhood. So don’t worry about seasoning or coating your chicken in flour. We won’t be browning it off or anything like that – in fact it’s the last thing to go into our pot or tray or baking dish (as you’ll want to make the most of that skin).
Drizzle in a little olive oil, passata, chianti (or ‘leftover wine‘). Add in your anchovies (I’m serious – they dissolve away to nothing and seriously enhance the falvour). Add in your diced mushrooms, carrots, garlic, oregano, rosemary, bay leaves and give a stir.
Finely add in your sliced bacon and then lay your chicken thighs on top. Dizzle with more olive oil and season with salt and peper before placing in a 180 degree over for 40 minutes.
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