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Chicken Cacciatore Jamie Oliver

Easy Chicken Cacciatore

This recipe for, chicken cacciatore or spaghetti and smoky tomato sauce is so easy to make and good to eat, don't let the long list of ingredients put you off because this is delicious.

Chicken Cacciatore recipe Jamie Oliver

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Flicking through Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute meals book I decided this just had to be made like now, today!

Sadly, my picture isn't anywhere near as good as the one in the book; yes I'm blaming it on the dark nights and therefore the lack of daylight.

Please don't let my poor photography put you off having a go as this recipe was packed full of flavour and was totally delicious.

Anyway, back to the book, recipes covering everything from chicken, beef, pork, lamb, fish, pasta, soups and sarnies, veggie and breakfast.


There's a really informative bit in the book about nutrition showing every recipe from the book by picture and giving the kcal, fat, sugar and saturated fat content.

Jamie's 15 Minute Meals is a hardback book and I love the ribbon bookmarker sewn into the spine, so many cookbooks don't have one and I personally find it a bit annoying.

So, do Jamie Oliver meals really only take 15 Minutes?

I say you have to get the ingredients out and ready, then the recipes should only take 15 minutes or less to actually cook.

As I write I've only made one from this book and I found it took 15 minutes just to get all the ingredients chopped and ready to cook!

Now, this is probably because my kitchen is so tiny I really do have to clear up as I go or I wouldn't be able to cook.

Once that was sorted the meal did take just under 15 minutes to actually cook and plate up. So a meal in half an hour is still good, just not 15 minutes.

Recipe Top Tips!

Get all the ingredients prepared before you start to do any cooking.

The recipe says 700g passata but I only used 400 and found it to be enough, remember you can always add more.

Don't fuss about using Chianti wine, any red wine will do since there's only a tiny amount in the recipe. Just use a red wine you will drink, rather than waste money.

Chicken Cacciatore ingredients

With your ingredients at the ready and the kitchen nice and tidy, kettle boiled, a large frying pan and a large saucepan to hand, let's cook!

Chicken Cacciatore recipe Jamie Oliver

Recipe for Chicken Cacciatore

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Yield: 4
Author: Jan Bennett
Chicken Cacciatore Recipe Jamie Oliver

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe Jamie Oliver

Do the meals really only take 15 Minutes? Yes but you have to get the ingredients out and ready, then the recipes should only take 15 minutes or less to actually cook.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • For the chicken and sauce:
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • olive oil
  • 125g oyster mushrooms
  • 125g chestnut mushrooms
  • 4 rashers of smoked pancetta
  • 2-3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 anchovy fillets - finely chopped
  • 2 jarred red peppers
  • a small handful of black olives - the recipe says stone in but I say no stones, please!!
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 60ml Chianti wine
  • 700g passata - I only used 400 and found it to be enough, remember you can always add more
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • For the Pasta:
  • 320g dried whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 30g Parmesan cheese


  1. Cut the chicken into 1cm chunks, then put into a large frying pan with 2 tablespoons of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Roughly chop the mushrooms, finely slice the pancetta, then add both to the pan with the rosemary leaves, anchovies, and torn peppers.
  3. Squash and add the olives (discarding the stones), then turn the heat up to medium-high, tossing regularly until golden.
  4. Put the pasta into a large pan, cover with boiling salted water and cook to the packet instructions.
  5. Squash the garlic through a garlic crusher into the chicken pan. Finely slice and add the chilli, pour in the wine and passata (I found 400g to be enough), then season to taste.
  6. Tear through and stir in most of the top leafy half of the basil.
  7. Finely grate the Parmesan. Drain the pasta, reserving half a cupful of the starchy cooking water, then tip on to a platter and spoon over the sauce.
  8. Scatter with the remaining basil leaves and the grated Parmesan.
  9. Toss together, loosening with a splash of the cooking water if needed.
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  1. Looks great Jan, I have been loving the meals he has been making on this series, might just have to invest in the book. Have you tried the lamb lollipops?

  2. Angela - no I want to try those, they do look good x


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