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Chicken alla cacciatora

This is an old favourite - chicken cooked 'the hunter's way', which grants a certain amount of culinary licence. The addition of a can of cannellini beans turns it into a quick, one pot supper, but I also adore it with plain steamed rice.


  • 1 tablespoon garlic Oil

  • 75 g pancetta cubes

  • 6 spring onions finely sliced

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped Rosemary

  • 500 g boneless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 0.5 teaspoon celery salt

  • 125 ml white wine

  • 400 g can chopped Tomatoes

  • 2 Bay leaves

  • 0.5 teaspoon Sugar

  • 400 g can cannellini beans rinsed and drained, optional


  • 1.

    Heat the garlic oil in a pan and fry the pancetta, spring onions and chopped rosemary for 2-3 minutes.

  • 2.

    Add the chicken pieces, sprinkle in the celery salt and stir well.

  • 3.

    Pour in the wine and bring to a simmer, then add the tomatoes, bay leaves and sugar. Cover with a lid and leave to simmer for 20 minutes.

  • 4.

    Add the drained cannellini beans, if using, and simmer until the beans are warmed through and the chicken is completely cooked through.

  • 5.

    To serve, divide among four serving dishes.


Recipe taken from Nigella's book, "Nigella Express"
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Posted by Max2 •24w ago • Report
am cooking this now and boy tastes good already and not yet finished
Posted by Sofia7Report
She is very good
Posted by Phillip60Report
Being a single male I found this a very easy meal to prepare, and even easier to eat. Now one of my fav's. A good wine goes with it very well.
Posted by salmaReport
what can i use instead of white wine?apple cider vinegar?
Posted by sueqldReport
has to be the best yet..............
Posted by hungry girlReport
I think I'd go for something like chicken stock ... let me know how it goes.