Rich chicken casserole

A colorful casserole packed with sunshine flavors from the Mediterranean. Sun-dried tomatoes add a wonderful richness and you need very few to make this Rich chicken casserole dish really special.
SERVES 4
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced thickly
  • thinly pared rind and juice of 1 small orange
  • ½cup chicken bouillon
  • 14 0z/40o g canned chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ Cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ cup pitted black olives
  • salt and pepper
  • sprigs of fresh thyme and orange rind, to garnish
  • crusty fresh bread, to serve

Rich chicken casserole

Method:

1. Ina heavy-based or nonstick large skillet, sauté the chicken without fat over fairly high heat, turning occasionally until golden brown. Using a draining spoon, drain off any excess fat from the chicken and transfer to a flameproof casserole.
2. Sauté the onion, garlic, and bell pepper in the pan over moderate heat for 3-4 minutes. Transfer to the casserole.
3. Add the orange peel and juice, chicken bouillon, canned tomatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes and stir to combine.
4.  Bring to a boil then cover the casserole with a lid and simmer very gently over low heat for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add the chopped thyme and pitted black olives, then adjust the seasoning with salt and g pepper.
 5. Scatter orange rind and thyme over the casserole to garnish. and serve with crusty bread.
traditional chicken casserole
COOK’S TIP
sun-dried tomatoes have a dense texture and concentrated taste and add intense flavor to slow-cooking casseroles.

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