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.
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?)