Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mediterranean Chicken Casserole

This dish has never failed me whether it is for a tasty supper, for a special dinner party, an impromptu get together or even for when you are in want of something "tasty". Dinner can be on the table in as little as an hour. I have cooked this for family, friends and even work colleagues and it always gets an applause especially from me. Not bragging but even my kids love it.
I serve with some nice fresh crusty bread and a bowl of steamed greens but honestly it is nice just by itself.
The early preparation is a little time consuming but trust me, it is well worth it. Even with very minimal ingredients this casserole is bursting with flavour and I am sure your guests will ask you for this recipe!
Mediterranean Chicken Casserole
Serves 6
Points per serve: 6.5
1 tbs olive oil
6 small (about 600g) chicken drumsticks, skin on
6 (about 1.5kg) chicken thigh cutlets, skin on
1kg chat potatoes, halved, skin on
4 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
95g kalamata olives
1 head of garlic, seperated and skin removed
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves picked
125ml dry white wine
Sea salt flakes
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 200°C. Heat the oil in a 3L (12-cup capacity) flameproof, ovenproof baking dish over medium heat. Add the chicken drumsticks and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until browned all over. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the chicken thigh cutlets.
Add the potato to the dish and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until golden. Remove from heat. Return the chicken to the dish and gently mix through the potatoes. Top with tomato, olives and garlic cloves. Sprinkle with rosemary. Pour over the wine. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake in oven for 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and potato is tender. Serve immediately.


Colleen said...

This looks amazing! And because I am a cheese freak I would probaby add feta too!

Molly Jean said...

This includes all things heavenly! I think I could just make a dinner out of kalamata olives and chicken but this looks terrific! Thanks for the inspiration :)