Friday, 25 February 2011

Pollo alla Cacciatora... a 'Forever Nigella' challenge

... i thought i'd hit the ground running this weekend and kill a couple of birds whilst I'm at it... all metaphorically obviously... well, the birds were killed by someone in Morrisons supermarket... just not me... but you get my drift?

... I had bought my weekly chicken thighs last week but didn't get around to using them and they needed using before they actually stand up and barge out of my fridge... and as I was searching for a recipe I remembered that March's Forever Nigella challenge from Maison Cupcake is 'Ciao Italia'... so out came the Nigella library... and this is what I found to suit my ingredients...

...'cacciatora' translates as 'hunter' or in this recipe 'in the hunters way'... which I guess really means; fast, easy... using ingredients one has hunted and earth vegetables one has found... (I refer you here to my previous paragraph about it being not me but Morrisons doing the hunting/killing...)

... now i've taken my usual liberties with this dish and kind of deconstructed the way HRH Nigella has prepared it... i've transferred it to one oven dish as I think it's so much easier to cope with and you get a browner, crispier chicken... and this is the recipe shown below... you can find the original in Nigella Express...

Pollo alla Cacciatora

6 chicken thighs (with bone and skin)
75g Pancetta cubes
1 onion - medium chopped
3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
glass of white wine
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 x 400g cannellini beans

- place the onion, whole garlic cloves pancetta and rosemary into your oven proof dish and then lay the chicken thighs on top

- drizzle with olive oil and season, add the glass of wine and place in a very hot oven for 15 minutes

- after 15mins, turn the chicken thighs over and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes

- after this time pour over and stir in the tinned tomatoes and drained cannellini beans and sprinkle with the celery salt and sugar

- place back in the oven for a further 20 minutes until golden and unctuous

eat and of course, enjoy!



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