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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.59 / 5 (94 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
1 hr 15 min

Rachel Allen makes easy work of a French classic of a comforting chicken dish with a tomato, garlic and olive sauce


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.

2. Heat half of the olive oil in a large pan, then add the onions and garlic and season with salt, pepper and the sugar. Cover with a lid and sweat on a gentle heat for 8-10 minutes, or until the onions have softened.

3. Add the tomatoes, half of the chopped herbs, wine, olives, capers and anchovies to the pan and cook for another 20 minutes uncovered, or until the sauce has reduced to a thick purée-like consistency. (Stir regularly to prevent the sauce from burning.) Set aside.

4. In a large frying pan, heat the rest of the olive oil and brown the chicken breasts, in batches, for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden all over. Place the browned chicken in an ovenproof gratin dish and cover with the tomato sauce.

5. Cover the gratin dish with foil and place into the oven to cook for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the oven, stir through the lemon juice and garnish with the remaining chopped herbs. Serve straight from the gratin dish.

Image credit: Rachel's Favourite Food for Friends Published by Gill & Macmillan, Dublin


  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil
  • 2 tbsp chopped marjoram
  • 150 ml white wine
  • 20 olives, stones removed, roughly chopped
  • 25 g capers, rinsed and drained
  • 55 g canned anchovy fillets, roughly chopped
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped herbs, for garnish

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Latest Comment


I'd serve it with buttered noodles (ie Tagliatelle)

Noby Noby  Posted 27 Jan 2011 3:10 PM

This is a regular favourite in our house, I make it with bone-in chicken breasts which are delicious though a bit higher in calories. I think it's delicious with basmati rice.

KatherineW7054 KatherineW7054  Posted 14 Aug 2010 7:10 PM

this is a great recipe, i'm on weightwatchers and it works out as only a few points and is very tasty. i served it with a celeriac and potato bake

charlotteW53608 charlotteW53608  Posted 16 Jan 2010 9:00 PM

what side dish goes well with this dish??

markH9761 markH9761 Posted 10 Nov 2009 8:49 PM

Made this last night, it was easy and tasted marvelous. Will definitely be added to my list of faves.

TSK001 TSK001 Posted 30 Jul 2009 11:53 AM

Served to 6 Italian visitors who loved it ! Thank you Rachel a great success

JudyUmi JudyUmi Posted 29 Jul 2009 10:22 AM

Made this today, it was delicious!

KatherineW7054 KatherineW7054 Posted 30 Nov 2008 8:17 PM

I cooked this yeterday although I forgot the capers. It was easy to make

GillianM72713 GillianM72713 Posted 25 Sep 2008 10:24 PM

I have yet to make this but watched you on tv last night. If it tastes as good as it looks it will be delicious.

paula5 paula5 Posted 24 Sep 2008 5:02 PM