Weekend Recipe | Chicken Calabrese

The perfect dish to serve for a weekend lunch with friends, this hearty chicken recipe by Francesco Mazzei, Chef Patron of Islington trattoria Radici, is inspired by his Southern-Italian heritage.

Serves 4


2 tbsp plain flour

8 chicken thighs, skin on, bones removed

3tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped

100g ‘nduja (spreadable spicy pork sausage)

6 peppers: 2 red, 2 yellow, 2 green, all de-seeded and roughly chopped

100ml passata

400ml chicken stock

1 large chilli, de-seeded and roughly chopped

1 small bunch fresh marjoram

1 small bunch fresh chives

1 small bunch fresh parsley

150g soft white bread, crusts removed


Freshly ground black pepper

To garnish

A handful of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced


Place the flour in a bowl and season with some salt and freshly ground black pepper. Lightly coat the chicken thighs in the seasoned flour.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the chicken, cooking until golden brown on all sides. Set aside.

In a separate ovenproof pan, gently fry the shallots and ‘nduja for a few minutes, then add the chopped peppers, passata and chicken stock. Bring to the boiland simmer for approx. 20 mins. Add the cooked chicken. Stir to combine and cook for a further 8 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat. Check the seasoning and add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Place the bread in a food processor with the herbs and blitz until the herbs and bread are finely chopped and the whole mix has turned green.

Carefully cover the chicken with the bread and herb mix, sprinkle with a little extra virgin olive oil,then place the pan under a hot grill and leave until nicely browned all over.

Serve hot, garnished with the roughly chopped flat leaf parsley and sliced red chilli.

Recipe courtesy of Francesco Mazzei, Chef Patron of Radici www.radici.uk

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