Italian Chicken in Tomato Sauce

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    1hr 30mins
  • Serves icon
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Tender chicken legs are slow cooked in a rich, sweet tomato sauce for a hassle-free dinner that would be delicious with creamy mashed potatoes or pasta.

recipe updated Jun 8, 2020


  • Celery stalk icon
    Celery stalk
    1 (45g)
  • Fresh basil icon
    Fresh basil
    as needed
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    4 tbsp (59ml)
  • Chicken pieces icon
    Chicken pieces
    4 (320g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Onion icon
    1 (140g)
  • Pancetta icon
    75g (about ½ cup)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Bay leaves icon
    Bay leaves
  • White wine icon
    White wine
    4 tbsp (59ml)
  • Canned tomatoes icon
    Canned tomatoes
    800g (about 2)
  • Caster sugar icon
    Caster sugar
    1 tsp (4g)
  • Tomato paste icon
    Tomato paste
    3 tbsp (49g)
  • Black olives icon
    Black olives
    8 (80g)


  • kCook icon Large saucepan
  • kCook icon Plate

Step preview

  1. Add olive oil to a clean large saucepan
  2. Heat - medium heat
  3. Add chicken pieces to the large saucepan
  4. Season with salt & pepper
  5. Sear evenly until browned
  6. Get a clean plate
  7. Transfer content of large saucepan to plate
  8. Add onion, celery stalk and pancetta to the large saucepan
  9. Fry gently - 10 min
  10. Add garlic clove and bay leaves to the large saucepan
  11. Fry gently - 1 min
  12. Add white wine, canned tomatoes, caster sugar and tomato paste to the large saucepan
  13. Season with salt & pepper
  14. Transfer chicken to large saucepan
  15. Simmer gently until tender - 1 hr, low heat
  16. Stir in black olives and fresh basil to the large saucepan
  17. Serve
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