Chicken and Squash (Pumpkin) Cacciatore Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Olives, Bread

Chicken and Squash Cacciatore Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Olives, Bread

This truly comforting one-pan supper contains three of our 5-a-day, and the chicken fulfils half of our daily vitamin B12 needs, helping us make healthy red blood cells.

Cook time 1 h 20 min For how many? Serves 4


  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 rashers of higher-welfare smoked pancetta
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • olive oil
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 600g butternut squash, sweet potatoes or pumpkin
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms
  • 2 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes
  • 250ml Chianti or other good red wine
  • 4 free-range chicken thighs, bone in
  • 8 black olives (stone in)
  • 200g seeded wholemeal bread


Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5. Peel the onion and cut into eighths, trim, wash and slice the leek, peel and slice the garlic. Place a large ovenproof casserole pan on a medium heat. Finely slice the pancetta, pick and finely chop the rosemary leaves, then place both in the pan with 1 tablespoon of oil and the bay leaves. Stir regularly for 2 minutes, then add the garlic, followed by the onion and leek. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.

Meanwhile, chop the squash, sweet potato or pumpkin (wash first) into bite-sized chunks, leaving the skin on and discarding any squash or pumpkin seeds. I like to cut the stalk and face off the mushrooms because it looks nice – just add the trimmings straight to the pan, along with the whole mushrooms and chopped squash, sweet potato or pumpkin. Remove and discard the chicken skin and add the chicken to the pan. Pour in the wine and let it reduce slightly, then add the tomatoes and break them up with a wooden spoon. Half-fill each tin with water, swirl about, pour into the pan and mix it all together. Destone the olives, then poke them into the stew. Bring to a gentle simmer, then transfer to the oven to cook for 1 hour, or until thick, delicious, the chicken falls off the bone and the squash, sweet potato or pumpkin is lovely and tender. Season to perfection, then serve with bread to mop up that tasty sauce.

Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House

ⓒ Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2015 Everyday Super Food) Photographer: Jamie Oliver

CALORIES 421kcal      FAT 12.2g      SAT FAT 2.7g         PROTEIN 25.2g       CARBS 45.1g

SUGAR 17.1g      FIBRE 9.1g



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