I‘ve cooked it several times using 2 variations of chicken but kept on forgetting to take photos. Well, it’s an interesting and delicious slow cook dish. It also freezes well for that 1 day that you’re in a hurry and didn’t have time to cook. 🙂

Recipe adapted from 500 Casseroles by Rebecca Baugniet.
Quoted from it: This is 1 of those classic recipes where the flavour improves if it is left to sit for a day. It’s perfect for making on the weekend and pulling out on a busy weekday night. Serve with pasta, rice or mashed potatoes.


  • 2 tsp salt (I used 1 tsp)
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 5 chicken thigh drumsticks (cut and separated into 5 thighs and 5 drumsticks) OR 500g chicken breasts, cut into thick strips
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (400g) can whole tomatoes with liquid
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ cup (125ml) dry red wine (I omitted this)
  • 1 cup (250ml) low-sodium chicken broth (Instead of wine, I used 350ml broth)
  • 1 capsicum (red or green or yellow), cut into stripes **
  • 150g mushrooms, quartered – optional (I added this to the basic recipe)
  • ** can be replaced by other vegetables like aubergine or courgette



    Serves 4-6
    Prep time 40 mins
    Cook time 50-60 mins
    Total time ±100 mins
total time


  1. In a small bowl, combine salt, basil, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, pepper and cayenne. Use half the spice mixture and rub into chicken well.
  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan over medium-high heat. Brown chicken until golden on all sides. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Sautee onions until soft and translucent, about 4 mins. Add mushrooms (if using) for another 4 mins. Add garlic and vegetables (capsicum or aubergine or courgette). Continue cooking till vegetables are tender, about 5 mins.
  4. Add remaining spice mixture and stir to coat.
  5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, wine (if using) and broth. Sitr til tomato paste is well incorporated.
  6. Bring to a boil, return chicken to pan and reduce heat. Simmer til sauce thickens and chicken is cooked thoroughly, about 30 mins.

Note: I prefer to use chicken with bones (thigh and drumstick) with this slow-cooking dish coz I think cooking meat with bones gives the food more flavour.

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