Slow baked chicken with black olives, tomato and oregano

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Main Meals (Dinners)
4 peopleServes
4
Prep   15 min
Cook   100 min

Rich, thick and intensely flavoured, this Italian classic is sure to please.

  • Olive oil spray, 1 spray(s)
  • Chicken thigh fillet, lean, raw, 800 g, skinless, trimmed of fat and halved
  • Olive oil, 1 tablespoon(s)
  • Onion, any type, 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Carrot, 2 medium carrot(s), chopped
  • Celery, 2 stalk(s), chopped
  • Dried oregano, 1 tablespoon(s), or Italian herbs
  • Mushrooms, 250 g, button, quatered
  • Garlic, 2 clove(s), finely chopped
  • Tomatoes, whole, canned in tomato juice, drained, 1 400g can(s), peeled
  • Black olives, drained, 80 g, 2/3 cup
  • Tomato paste, no added salt, 2 tablespoon(s), puree
  • Basil, 10 leave(s), (small handful), optional

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  2. Heat a large heavy-based saucepan over medium–high heat and spray with cooking oil. Working in batches, cook the chicken for 2–3 minutes until browned on all sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the olive oil. When hot, add the onion, carrot, celery and dried herbs and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8–10 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, olives and tomato paste, then season to taste with salt and pepper and stir to combine. return the chicken to the pan. Bring to the boil, then cover and transfer to the oven for 1 hour. remove the lid and cook for a further 15–20 minutes until the chicken is tender and the sauce has reduced. Scatter over the basil, if using, and serve with mash (See Pumpkin and sweet potato mash recipe from Recipes on a budget recipe book). 

TIP: You can also cook this on the stovetop – just keep the heat as low as possible (use a simmer mat if you have one) so the chicken cooks very gently (the exact cooking time will vary depending on the heat setting: check after 1 hour and continue until the chicken is cooked through and tender).

Nutrition facts per serve
Makes 4 serves

Note: If food units vary from the book, be guided by the following food units.

Meat & Protein 2
Bread & Cereals0
Vegetables2
Fruit0
Dairy0
Healthy Fats & Oils2
Indulgences0
Calories395
Protein41.3 g
Total fat19.7 g
- Saturated fat4.4 g
Total carbohydrates8.6 g
- Total sugars7.5 g
Fibre6.9 g
Sodium534 mg

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