This is one of those meals which looks like you have spent a lot of time in the kitchen, tastes amazing but is actually very easy to throw together and cook in one pot.
I like to use chicken thighs in this recipe as they have more flavour than breast. Skinless thighs are better as most of the fat in the chicken is under the skin, so you will end up with a healthier meal. I also love olives and add them to food whenever I can. They add an extra dimension of flavour to recipes and go well with the tomatoes, courgettes and garlic, creating an awesome casserole.
I cooked this delicious recipe in my Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker in just 15 minutes on the “Poultry Setting” but you can also cook in a Slow Cooker or in the oven ( see the recipe below). I would however recommend pressure cooking or slow cooking for best results. You will get the meat beautiful and tender.
For pressure cooking, you always need some liquid in the recipe to create steam. This is achieved by the water or wine and some liquid will also be released from the vegetables during cooking. If you do use wine in the recipe, then I recommend you pour yourself a glass to sip while the dinner is cooking and drink the rest with the meal. Bon Appetit!
6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
5 Fresh chopped vine or cherry tomatoes
2 chopped sticks of celery
1 chopped courgette
A few sliced mushrooms
1 chopped onion
5 whole fresh garlic cloves (add whole)
Fresh herbs from my garden
250ml of water or white wine
A tablespoon each of ketchup and tomato puree
Black pepper to taste
A cup of stoned olives
1 ham or chicken stock cube
A chopped red pepper
1 heaped teaspoon of smoked paprika
Put all the ingredients into the Instant Pot and cook on the Poultry Setting for 15 min followed by “Natural Pressure Release” for at least 10 to 15 min, then let any residual steam out by opening the steam valve.
You can also cook for 4.5 Hours on High in a Slow Cooker or for 45 min at 160C in the oven in a covered casserole dish. You might need to add more liquid for oven cooking.
Once cooked serve in bowls with a baked or mashed potato and some chunks of bread to mop up all the lovely juices. Delicious!