Italian Chicken with Basil and Cherry Tomatoes

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ITALIAN CHICKEN WITH BASIL AND CHERRY TOMATOES

Ingredients:

4 chicken legs, halved through the joints

Olive oil (approx 4 table spoons)

1 onion, finely chopped

2 celery sticks, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

3 bay leaves

100 ml white wine

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon dry oregano

250 g cherry tomatoes

25 g basil leaves, torn into pieces

125 g mozzarella cheese

salt & pepper

Method:

1. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and fry the chicken pieces until brown. Drain to a plate.

2. Add the onion and celery to the pan and gently fry for about 10 minutes, add the garlic, bay leaves and fry for a further 2 minutes.

3. Add the wine, can of chopped tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, oregano, salt and pepper and bring to boil. Then reduce the heat, return chicken pieces to the pan and cook very gently, uncovered for about 40 minutes.

4. Then place cherry tomatoes around the chicken, put on top torn half of the basil, following by torn pieces of mozzarella on top and cook for 20 minutes under the lead.

5. Stir in the rest of the basil leaves just before the serving and check for seasoning. Enjoy!

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