Chicken provençal

I made this for Alberto and I on Monday evening. I saw it written on a menu at some time over the weekend but I honestly can’t remember where. Anyway, as I’d never made it before I thought it’d be good to try and so tracked down a couiple of recipes online. The recipes I found were all basically the same so I picked a likely one and scaled it down to feed 2 rather than the stated 4 and had a go.

It really is rather tasty and quite simple to do and with plenty of tomato, peppers and wine in it’s a, flavoursome recipe and is good for colder winter evenings.

Serves 2

½  a red pepper, deseeded
½ a yellow pepper, deseeded
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 chicken thighs per person
2 brown onions, halved and cut into wedges
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
250ml of  white wine
550ml of passata
250ml of chicken stock
8 sprigs fresh thyme
A handful of pitted black olives, halved. (I’m not a big fan of olives so I used a little fewer than the receipe suggested. Alberto loves ‘em though so I didn’t want to leave them out completely. Actually, once they were in the stew they were fine and the taste didn’t bother me.)

Place the peppers under a hot grill, skin side up, for 8-10 minutes until chargrilled and blistered. Pop them into a sealed plastic bag for 10 mins as this makes it easier to skin them.

Pre-heat the oven to 200

Remove the skin from the peppers and cut them into thick strips.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat.

Add chicken and cooked until browned on both sides.

Transfer the chicken pieces to a large, ovenproof baking dish.

Add onion wedges to the pan and fry slowly for 5 mins.

Stir in the garlic and cook for a further couple of minutes.

Then add the wine and cook for 2 mins until reduced by half.

Add the passata , peppers, stock, thyme and halved olives. Season with salt & pepper and then pour over the chicken.

Bake in the oven for 45 mins or until the chicken is cooked through.

I served this with my, by now ubiquitous, wasabi mash. (Craig – did you find the recipe for that? I detailed it in a reply to your earlier comment?)



About neilche

Hi. My name's Neil. I live in Brighton with my flatmate (also Neil) and I work as a Librarian at a local college. I like cooking, eating and socialising with friends. Which is what prompted me to start this blog. I cycle everywhere around town - it helps to work off the calories!
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