Chicken casserole with red wine, ham & peppers

Chicken casserole with red wine, ham & peppers

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(33 ratings)

Made in 1½ hours


Serves 4
This rich, tomatoey chicken dish is full of flavour - and it improves with freezing

Nutrition and extra info

  • Defrost overnight in the fridge reheats in 45 mins


  • kcal896
  • fat59g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein71g
  • salt2.39g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

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  • 8 chicken thigh, on the bone
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and quartered
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and quartered
  • 2 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, trimmed and thickly sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 225g cooked ham, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 300ml red wine
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or ½ tsp dried


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, to serve



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole and fry the chicken over a high heat until browned all over. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Reduce the heat slightly and add the peppers. Cook for 2-3 mins, turning, until they brown. Add garlic and leek, cook for 2-3 mins, then stir in the ham.

  2. Sprinkle over the paprika, cook for a couple of secs, add the wine and bubble for a few mins. Tip in the tomatoes, purée and thyme and mix well. Pour in water to just cover the chicken, and season. Bring to a simmer, cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 1 hr, until the sauce thickens and chicken is tender. Sprinkle over the parsley and serve with mash.

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Comments (38)

coolruth's picture

I had to throw this away as it was really bitter, probably from the peppers. Really disappointing.

heather444's picture

a little bland in terms of flavour but simple and filling so will probably cook it again but may adjust some of the ingredients.

lizleicester's picture

This must be the dish for 5th January!! I followed the recipe except for only having yellow peppers, so I used them. The result was delicious.

emmmy's picture

made this for dinner on a really cold wet stormy night and went down a treat! didn't think I needed to add the ham, I used 4 chicken breasts, gave the casserole a stir halfway through cooking and added a stick of celery for a bit of extra flavour. didn't add extra water either, and I had a sauce that was just the right consistency. served with lots of boiled vegetables and roast new potatoes.

meringuemule's picture

Great recipe, easy to follow and really tasty. I doubled the sauce ingredients as I had 9 large chicken thighs in two casserole dishes. Didn't need to add any water. The peppers quartered were lovely and I added a little smoked paprika and stock as well as the ordinary paprika to make up for not adding any ham. Had with rice and tenderstem brocolli. Definately recommend!

reevey's picture

I also added a yellow pepper too to give a bit more colour and increased the veg element as we do love our veggies. it does need more than 1 tsp paprika and smoked paprika would be better to give a bit more oomph. I made it with chicken for the two of us but did the rest of the ingredients as a 4 person meal and had enough sauce & vegetables for a soup the next day, lovely as the flavours had developed overnight! I included the ham but it didn't add anything to it, so happy to leave it out next time. Good recipe easy to follow

murraja's picture

My husband loves this recipe.I have tried it with chicken thighs on the bone, boneless chicken thighs and chicken breasts cut in half. All worked well. Like others have mentioned, I did not find it necessary to add any water.

lostjojo's picture

Really easy recipe. Agree with others that it didn't thicken so had to add flour and reduce on the hob. Really tasty though and great for making a large batch and freezing.

wrenster's picture

Really enjoyed this for a nice change on a week night. I reduced the sauce on the hob after the hour in the oven as it was quite watery which worked perfectly. Would definitely make again.

treacle2012susan's picture

Tried it last night, really lovely flavours but didn't reduce as much as needed to coat the chicken. Nice dish though will do it again :)

willgrstevens's picture

I found it unnecessary to add any water. Also, the recipe says that the peppers should be quartered; it might be better to cut them smaller. But these are minor matters - it's an excellent recipe.

spikers's picture

A nice recipe. Used bacon instead of ham. Like many others did not add any extra water & recipe was still very 'liquidy' - would reduce wine even further next time.

jeddyb's picture

This shows the folly of following recipes too slavishly. Nowhere does it tell when or where to add the put aside chicken to the dish. Tastes good if you guess right.

pinklizard's picture

Really enjoyed this! Served it with new potatoes straight from our garden. I didn't use leeks as I forgot to buy any and just used a normal onion instead. I also didn't add any extra liquid apart from the wine and the tomatoes as it seemed to have enough already. Next time I will try using smoked ham,bacon or some kind of spicy sausage and perhaps a full bodied red wine!!

ronnieb35's picture

A really fab dinner, cooked it for a big family group and added a stick of celery and some chickpeas

michela7's picture

Lots of flavour. We all enjoyed it!

missfrosty2304's picture

So do you use chicken thighs with skin or without ?

emeraldlauren's picture

I love this recipe - make it with potato burgers (mashed potato, mashed swede and mashed carrots, mixed together with red leicester cheese - pop in freezer for 15 mins - and then grill on each side for about 7 mins and then top with cheese and grill until golden) super tasty....I also make it with chicken breast...

keepondreaming's picture

This is a great dish to cook for a beginner and perfect if you're cooking for a group of close friends. Some ingredients I couldn't find it so I replaced thyme with rosemary leaves and used a local chilli powder instead of paprika. Dish still turned out great. I even didn't cook it in the oven and that's probably why its runny. I used a Cabernet Souvigon for the red wine which is not a bad choice. Great aroma. Definitely cook this again for a intimate evening with friends

ellagarcia's picture

Here is a good tip for this recipe, just replace the ham by some jamon iberico de bellota, in case you do not know it this is probably the best ham in the world, it is extremely tasty and healthy (no cholesterol), it comes from a particular breed of swine only found in Spain and Portugal. While it is a bit pricey, the results on the recipe are just amazing. If you want to keep it low budget, buy some Serrano ham which is also great.
I always buy my iberico ham online at as it is fresh and delivered to your door. the market place for iberico ham.


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Tips (1)

spindoctor's picture

Coat your chicken lightly in seasoned flour BEFORE browning. This will help to thicken the sauce in the cooking process. Make sure you brown the chicken on a medium heat not high as the recipe instructs. If you overcook the flour on the chicken it will loose its thickening properties.