- 8 skinless chicken thighs, bone in
- 8 slices prosciutto or other dry-cured ham
Prosciutto is sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is the…
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 2 whole heads garlic
Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…
- 800g tomatoes (a mix of smaller yellow and red tomatoes looks good)
A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…
- 175ml dry white wine
- 400g can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…
- large bunch basil
Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…
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Season the chicken thighs all over with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pinch off 8 sprigs from the basil (about 3 leaves each per sprig) and lay one on top of each chicken thigh. Wrap each thigh in a piece of ham, with the ends tucked underneath.
Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Heat the oil in a large roasting tin over two of the burners on the hob. Add the chicken and fry for about 4 mins or until the ham is just crisped and the chicken is lightly golden. Turn and repeat.
Meanwhile, cut the garlic bulbs in half around the middle and halve the tomatoes if small, quarter them if they’re big. Pick the leaves from the rest of the basil. Once the chicken has browned on both sides, add all of the tomatoes, half of the basil and the wine. Season then cover with foil and leave to cook slowly in the oven for 40 mins.
Take out of the oven and turn the heat up to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Remove the foil from the pan and stir the beans into the tomatoey juices. Return to the oven, uncovered, for 30 mins until the tomatoes, chicken and garlic are starting to crisp around the edges and the chicken is very tender. Just before serving, tear the remaining basil roughly then stir through or scatter over the pan.
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