1kg chicken breast fillets
¼ cup plain flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large brown onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons tomato paste
400g tin diced tomatoes
1 ½ cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Directions to Cook:
Preheat oven to 160°C.
Dice chicken fillets into 2cm cubes.
Place flour into a plastic freezer bag with chicken and shake to coat. Heat oil in a heavy-based, ovenproof casserole dish. Brown chicken and remove from pan. Set aside.
Sauté diced onion and garlic in the same pan until tender. Stir through tomato paste and cook further 1 minute. Add diced tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Return chicken to the pan.
Cover dish with lid and cook for an hour. Remove lid and cook for a further 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and stir through parsley.
* Cacciatore is traditionally made with olives. Add ½ cup olives and stir through with parsley, if desired.
* Different cuts of chicken can be used for this recipe –thigh fillets, drumsticks, chicken pieces or lovely legs. You can also use lamb chops or osso bucco or 1kg blade steak for this recipe.
(Note: Chicken drumsticks or pieces with the skin on tend to make the casserole oily. Excess oil can be absorbed by placing a couple of paper towels on the surface of the casserole. Repeat until excess oil has been absorbed.)
Gluten Free Variation:
Substitute direct quantity of Orgran Plain Flour.
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