Baked Italian Chicken

"September is the time of year when the kitchen becomes the heart of my home again, after hanging out on the patio all summer. The island is the 'hub' where we gather to do homework, cook, crafts or just hang out. I love the warmth of the kitchen as cosy comfort food cooks in the oven filling the room with the aroma of dinner. That was my inspiration for this dish. That and my love of Italian food. I made this dish while chatting with my twins as they were doing their homework."

Submitted by: Robyn Hall from Hall in the Kitchen.


Baked Italian Chicken
8 chicken parts (legs, thighs or breasts)
Olive oil
2 tbsp flour
1 crushed garlic
800ml can of tomatoes
A handful chopped basil, rosemary and oregano
Salt and pepper for seasoning
1/2 cup pitted black olives
1/2 pound mozzarella and Romano cheese blend shredded

How to cook this dish:

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. 

2. Dredge the chicken in flour until coated.

3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Brown the chicken on all sides and remove to a platter keeping warm.

4. Drain off all but 1/4 cup of juices in the pan. Add the garlic, tomatoes and herbs to the pan. Cook on medium breaking up the tomatoes while stirring. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

5. Spoon some of the sauce into a large deep baking dish. Place the chicken onto the sauce and top with the remaining sauce. Top with cheese and olives. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

6. Remove the cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes longer. Let stand for a few minutes then serve.

Serve with:

Serve over rice or pasta with a hearty glass of Montepulciano.

Robyn Hall

Robyn is just a food nut whose creations are inspired by chefs such as Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, Giada de Laurentiis, Michael Smith and Nigella Lawson. She has learned to cook by guidance and inspiration from cookbooks, family and celebrity chefs.
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