Italian chicken bake

Italian chicken bake

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4
Use up leftover roast chicken in this tomato bake with mozzarella cheese and crispy breadcrumb topping

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal475
  • fat25g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre4g
  • protein44g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 2 small or 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 tsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 3 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • little splash red or white wine vinegar
  • about 500g cooked chicken, shredded into chunks



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 125g ball mozzarella
  • 2 good handfuls fresh breadcrumbs (or gluten-free alternative)


  1. Fry the onion and garlic in the oil until softened. Add the oregano, tomatoes and sugar, a little splash of vinegar and some salt and pepper, then simmer for 20 mins until the sauce is really thick. Stir in the chicken and transfer to a baking dish.

  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Tear over the mozzarella in chunks, then scatter over with the breadcrumbs with a bit more ground pepper. Bake for 20 mins until the chicken is piping hot through and the top is golden and bubbling. eat with mash, jacket potatoes, rice or pasta.

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Comments (6)

cooking4grandma's picture

This was really tasty, added fresh basil to sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan on the top. Think it would also be good with salad and garlic bread. The recipe is exactly the same as the turkey cacciatore recipe on this site which gets higher ratings!

pennyclark's picture

This was lovely, a few changes, I added extra garlic, a courgette, swapped a tin of tomatoes for passata a teaspoon of chipotle paste, added partially cooked pasta when it went into the oven and it makes a really tasty pasta bake

CDA84's picture

It's nice and easily for mid-week and can be served with salad. Was good for a gluten free friend (minus the breadcrumb topping). Also good if you are moderating your carb intake. I did find it a little bland following their seasoning guide lines, I added more than in the recipe and some heat too with some dried chilli, or fresh if i have it. Nothing to rave about for me though i'm afraid.

cshobbs's picture

Very easy and very good.
I used uncooked chicken - brown in the pan before adding tomato mix.
I'm a coeliac so I really appreciated this recipe.

jamgeorge's picture

Delicious bake, used a mixture of fresh and tin tomatoes. Also grated Parmesan on top of breadcrumb topping.

Bluestwos's picture

Really easy dish to make, tastes lovely and it's a massive hit with all of the family! I also used caramelised onion cheese on the top when I made it after Christmas using leftovers.

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