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Chicken & Squash Cacciatore

A one-pot chicken sensation for a warming winter night in. Just add Chianti for the full Italian experience!
  • Cooking time1 hour
  • Prep time20 minutes
  • 4 portions
recipe image Chicken & Squash Cacciatore


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 2 rasher smoked pancetta
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsps Bertolli
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1/2 butternut squash
  • 100 grams chestnut mushrooms
  • 2 cans plum tomatoes
  • 250 ml Chianti
  • 4 free range chicken thigh fillets
  • 8 pitted black olives
  • 200 grams bread

Nutritional Guidelines
(per serving)

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5.
  2. Peel the onion and cut into small pieces. Wash and cut the leek, peel and slice the garlic. Place a large casserole pan onto a medium heat.
  3. Finely slice the pancetta, finely chop the rosemary leaves, then place both in the pan with 2 tablespoons of Bertolli and the bay leaves. Stir for 2 minutes, then add the garlic, followed by the leek and onion. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. Whilst this is cooking, chop the squash into bite-sized chunks, leaving the skin on. Remember to discard the squash seeds.
  5. Chop up mushrooms and add to the pot along with the chopped squash.
  6. Remove and discard the chicken skin and add the chicken to the pan. Pour in the wine and let it reduce slightly, then add the tomatoes and break them up with a wooden spoon.
  7. Half-fill each tin with water, swirl, pour into the pan and mix it all together. Add the olives into the stew.
  8. Bring to a gentle simmer, then transfer to the oven to cook for 1 hour.
  9. Season to perfection, then serve with bread to mop up that tasty sauce.