Italian chicken bake

Italian chicken bake

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(5 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 2 small or 1 large onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

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

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    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
    Oregano

    Oregano

    or-ee-gar-no

    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
    Sugar

    Sugar

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    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

    Chicken

    chik-en

    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)

Method

  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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CotswoldMummy
16th May, 2017
5.05
I made this last night for my husband and son. I had the oven on in the morning anyway so roasted 2 chicken breast and set aside to cool until I needed them in the evening. For two people, I used an onion and 2 x garlic cloves but only used one tin of plum tomatoes and it meant the sauce was made really quickly. I also added the sugar, oregano and red wine vinegar etc but I also added a great big dollop of tomato puree. Then I added the shredded chicken and still used the full 125g ball of mozzarella...breadcrumbs on top (I always keep a bag of breadcrumbs in my freezer which I prepare from the end of loaves etc) and into the over for about 15 mins...served with pasta but would like serve with wholegrain rice another time. Husband and son lapped it up. Big hit in our house and super easy to prepare.
cooking4grandma
28th Jun, 2016
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!
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pennyclark
20th Sep, 2015
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
10th May, 2014
2.55
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
26th Mar, 2014
3.8
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
6th Mar, 2014
Delicious bake, used a mixture of fresh and tin tomatoes. Also grated Parmesan on top of breadcrumb topping.
Bluestwos
20th Jan, 2014
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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