Basque-Style Sweet and Spicy Chicken Stew

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

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    Total Time
    1hr 0mins
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based on 5 ratings

A spicy one-pot wonder flavored with fresh, sweet Basque-inspired flavours. Seasoned chicken pieces are simmered in a rich white wine and tomato sauce. This warming stew is comfort food in a bowl. You can use thighs, drumsticks, or any other bone-in pieces according to your preference. Serve with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the sauce.

recipe updated Oct 17, 2019


  • Onion icon
    1 (about 140 g)
  • Red bell pepper icon
    Red bell pepper
    1 (about 150 g)
  • Green bell pepper icon
    Green bell pepper
    1 (about 150 g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    1 (about 6 g)
  • Prosciutto icon
    100 g (about 10)
  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    2 tbsp (about 16.2 g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    1 ½ tsp (about 9 g)
  • Chicken pieces icon
    Chicken pieces
    1 kg (about 12 ½)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    1 tbsp (about 13.65 g)
  • Paprika icon
    1 tsp (about 2.15 g)
  • Smoked paprika icon
    Smoked paprika
    1 tsp (about 2.15 g)
  • Marsala icon
    75 ml (about 75 g)
  • White wine icon
    White wine
    150 ml (about 150 g)
  • Water icon
    100 ml (about 100 g)
  • Canned chopped tomatoes icon
    Canned chopped tomatoes
    400 g (about 1 ¾ cups)
  • Dried thyme icon
    Dried thyme
    1 tsp (about 1.85 g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    1 pinch (about 0.38 g)


  • kCook icon Skillet pan
  • kCook icon Large serving bowl
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Medium cast iron skillet
  • kCook icon Work surface

Step preview

  1. Add all purpose flour to a clean medium bowl
  2. Season with salt & pepper
  3. Coat chicken pieces with the flour mixture
  4. Add olive oil to a clean medium cast iron skillet
  5. Transfer chicken to medium cast iron skillet
  6. Fry each side until golden brown - high heat
  7. Transfer content of medium cast iron skillet to work surface then set aside
  8. Heat - medium heat
  9. Add onion, red bell pepper and green bell pepper to the medium cast iron skillet
  10. Fry until softened while stirring occasionally - approx 5 min, medium heat
  11. Add garlic clove, paprika, smoked paprika and prosciutto to the medium cast iron skillet
  12. Fry - approx 2 min
  13. Return chicken to medium cast iron skillet
  14. Add marsala, white wine, water, canned chopped tomatoes and dried thyme to the medium cast iron skillet
  15. Season with salt & pepper to taste
  16. Heat until bubbles form and cover
  17. Simmer - approx 30 min, low heat
  18. Serve immediately
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